Reece - have just emailed you the ToR. Minutes etc can be found here: www1.somerset.gov.uk/council/boards.asp
Our panel was set up in 2006, when we had about 5 scrutiny committees. Since the conservatives came in last May we are down to only one scrutiny committee, but the Somerset Children's Trust Scrutiny Panel sits alongside this still. The panel is in effect a permanenet task and finish group of the committee. It has admin/minuting support from Community Governance (what used to be Democratic Services... what used to be...) and the agendas and minutes sit in the same section of the website as other committees, but offer lead and support is based in the Children and Young People's Directorate (as obviously have closer links with Children's Trust partners). By sitting outside of the main committee it allows us to have comprehensive representation on the panel, we have 4 young people, 4 parents/carers, 4 reps from the children's trust, and 4 councillors.
The Panel meets approximately 7 times per year. Some of its meetings are formal, others informal and/or fact-finding including some visits to local service providers. The sessions rotate on two topic-based plan-do-review cycles: plan
: briefing on service from manager, do
: field visit to service, including meeting with users, review
: discussion based on field visit, report findings, and agree actions. For our most recent topic of anti-bullying, the panel met with youth workers, PCSOs, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Workers, PRU pupils, placement officers, peer mentors and headteachers. This seems to work well for us, and gets good support from officers being scrutinised.
Interested to hear what other people do.