Partnership Assembly 2014 – due to election day on 22nd May, 2014 it is planned to run this sometime in June – date will be circulated shortly.
Adult Safeguarding Board Report – the board is working well together. The Fire Service and Health Watch are now regular attendees. There are concerns about some sectors (Carers and Ambulance Service) not being represented and this is being addressed. No major safeguarding issues at present.
Children Safeguarding Board Report – new independent chair in place – Marian Davis. An audit has been carried out and some concerns have been raised regarding some providers of early years which are being pursued with Local Authority. There has been a focus on the length of Child Protection Plans which is being reviewed. They recorded concerns regarding Domestic Abuse and highlighted that the funding for this service was critical.
Apprenticeships and traineeships – A report was given regarding the take up of apprenticeships in Solihull and the introduction of a ‘traineeshp’ for those not quite up to the standard and ready to take on an apprenticeship. Between 2011 and 2012 2070 YP took up placements in Soliull, however there are still a low number of applicants for the vacancies and we discussed ways of promoting the positive value to these opportunities.
West Midlands Fire Service – gave a presentation on the change agenda and partnership working. Explained that the previous 7 areas were being reduced to 5 across the region and they are now moving to a command approach which means that 4 commanders with specific areas of focus will look after 5 stations. There is an emphasis on partnership working and the prevention agenda.
Partnership Board Development Day – 8th October – this was discussed to determine the format.
Date of next meeting: 21st October, 2013