Rather than wait till the next full blog update ( for that could be anytime between the next 24 hours or 24 months!!!) I thought I’d share the key points from a few important meetings of the last few days ( that makes it sound like only a FEW of the meetings are important and the rest are just……well………………….. the rest…….and that’s not the case, but hopefully you know what I mean!).
And to add to the info you might be interested in reading, below is interspersed with some quotes about morning – which of course is started with that wonderfully philosophy from Garfield that if we were meant to pop out of bed in the mornings we’d all sleep in toasters!!
“WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!……………Already?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – My daughter on every school morning!
Safer Sutton Young People Group
This showed performance in YOT continues to be strong. The follow up to our YJB National Standards audit was really positive and the issues we had to pick up on had been addressed in full. Going forward we see a need for ensuring we’ve good info sharing between YOT and local GP’s so we will look into this with health colleagues, and we will also look at how we use the considerable data the YOT gathers to best effect.
“The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up on average at 7:30 in the morning………………………………….. ……………….feeling just plain terrible!” – Jean Kerr
On Families Matter, the Group welcomed the news that Sutton had successfully met the Phase One targets from government and that the provision would be extended into Phase Two. We discussed how to ensure that colleagues in health were fully up to speed on the Families Matter Service and on how to access it for families and we will look at this further in the weeks ahead.
Finally the Group got an update from Ian Kershaw on the Safer Sutton Team’s ASB Youth Outreach project which will look at providing diversionary activity in certain parts of the borough.
“There is no snooze button on a dog who wants breakfast!” – Author unknown…… though I can empathise big time!
People Directorate DMT
We had the first meeting of the new DMT since the People Directorate came into existence at the beginning of this month. We reviewed some standard issues that would previously have been done separately in the Directorates such as Finance and HR reports. ( For our division we will again have a net underspend for the year 14-15 which will help offset cost pressures elsewhere). We updated the Forward Plans for committees and for us it means we have reports going in over the coming months on the Children’s Centres Consultation, the Education Services Feasibility Study and some policy updates in areas such as SEN. We will also be working on proposals for the further redesign of aspects of our Early Help provision for children and young people, and we are currently working on an update to our Early Help Strategy to link in with that. The key decision was the DMT agreed a new Staff Engagement Plan to support the transition from separate Directorates into the combined People Directorate. We will publish that plan to all of you imminently and begin the implementation straight away.
“I have a carpe diem mug – though if I’m honest when the alarm goes off at six it doesn’t make me want to ‘seize the day’ – it just makes me want to slap a long dead poet!” Joanne Sherman
And to help you, as this blog sees itself as a public service (!!), I will end on a more lyrical and less cynical note, the words of William Blake! So, go seize the day and enjoy it!
Rise from the chambers of the East. And bring
The honey’d dew that cometh on waking day
Oh radiant morning”