Corporate Parenting Board - Thursday, 23rd November, 2023 3.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ

Contact: Megan Rochester, Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01305 224709 - Email:


No. Item


Welcome and Introductions

The Chairman to open the meeting and welcome those present.



To receive any apologies for absense.



Minutes of previous meeting

To confirm the minutes of the formal meeting held on Thursday 25th May.



Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct. In making their decision councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.


If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.


Public Participation

Representatives of town or parish councils and members of the public who live, work or represent an organisation within the Dorset Council area are welcome to submit up to two questions or two statements for each meeting. Alternatively, you could submit one question and one statement for each meeting.  


All submissions must be emailed in full to by 8.30am on Monday 20th November 2023.    


When submitting your question(s) and/or statement(s) please note that: 


·       no more than three minutes will be allowed for any one question or statement to be asked/read.  

·       a question may include a short pre-amble to set the context, and this will be included within the three-minute period. 

·       please note that sub divided questions count towards your total of two. 

·       when submitting a question please indicate who the question is for (e.g., the name of the committee or Portfolio Holder) 

·       Include your name, address, and contact details.  Only your name will be published but we may need your other details to contact you about your question or statement in advance of the meeting. 

·       questions and statements received in line with the council’s rules for public participation will be published as a supplement to the agenda. 

·       all questions, statements and responses will be published in full within the minutes of the meeting.   



Introduction and Scene Setting

Theresa Leavy (Executive Director for people-children) to set the scene of the meeting.


Corporate Parenting Dataset pdf icon PDF 5 MB

To receive a report from Paul Dempsey (Corporate Director- Care and Protection).


Independent Reviewing Officer's Annual Report pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Sunita Khattra-Hall (Interim Head of Quality Assurance and Partnerships) to report.

Additional documents:


Annual LADO Report pdf icon PDF 338 KB

To receive a report from Kelvin Connelly (Safeguarding Education Service Manager).


Annual Report of the Virtual School: Education of Children in Care pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Jo Smark-Richards (Service manager for Virtual School) to present the report to committee.


Advocacy and Independent Visitors pdf icon PDF 502 KB

Claire Denby (NYAS) to report.


Children in Care at Risk of Offending and Custody pdf icon PDF 202 KB

To receive a report from David Webb (Head of Service for Combined Youth and Justice Services).



Complaints and Representations- Children in Care and Care Leavers pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Antony Bygrave (Assurance Complaints Manager) to report.


Additional documents:


Health of Looked after Children and Emotional Wellbeing of Looked after Children pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Louise Harris-Smith (Designated Nurse for Children in Care and Care Experienced Young People) to report to committee.



Urgent items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior

notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b)

of the Local Government Act 1972. The reason for the urgency shall

be recorded in the minutes.


Exempt Business

To consider passing the following recommendation:  




That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the public from the meeting for the business specified in item(s) No 1 because it is likely that if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraph(s) 1,2 of Part 1 of schedule 12A to the Act and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information to the public.  


The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered. (Any live streaming will end at this juncture).  


Reason for taking the item in private.


Paragraph 1 - Information relating to any individual.  


Paragraph 2 - Information which is likely to reveal identity of an individual.  




Cherries Ofsted Report

Daun Tattersall (Service Manager – Residential CWAD) to report.



Date of Next Meeting

To confirm details and deadlines for papers for the next meeting of the (formal) Corporate Parenting Board which will be held on Thursday 25th November 2024.