Children and Young People's Services Select Committee

Information about the Committee, and access to meeting dates, locations, agendas and minutes.

1 What are select committees?

Select committees are the means by which proposed decisions are scrutinised, the effectiveness of existing policy is reviewed and the budget and performance monitoring of service delivery is undertaken.

The County Council has a Cabinet of eight county councillors, which makes the day-to-day decisions about issues affecting West Sussex. It is the role of those county councillors who are not in the Cabinet to make sure that the Cabinet is held to account for all its decisions and to consider whether service improvements could or should be put in place.


This 'scrutiny' role is carried out by county councillors on select committees, which meet regularly to review key decisions and service performance. Select committees scrutinise strategic issues affecting the whole of West Sussex.

The purpose of scrutiny is to improve outcomes for West Sussex by providing:

  • robust challenge to the Cabinet
  • input into the annual cycle of budget setting and planning corporate priorities
  • quarterly budget and performance monitoring of each portfolio area
  • constructive joint scrutiny of partnerships and other services which have an impact on the local community, including the examination of decisions taken by some external organisations.

West Sussex County Council has four select committees. Select committees typically meet in public. Items considered to be of significant public interest are webcast live and are archived after the meeting.

Details of recent select committee work can also be found in the Scrutiny Newsletter.

The County Council has identified three key corporate priority themes as part of the Future West Sussex Vision and three of the select committees are aligned to these themes:

  • early life - Children and Young People's Services Select Committee
  • the economy - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee
  • later life - Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee.

2 What the CYPSSC does

The Children and Young People's Services Select Committee is responsible for:

  • the overview and scrutiny of social services for children and young people
  • education, including adult education
  • youth support and development services
  • community health and health liaison for children and families.

If you want to access the Annual Report for the Education and Skills Directorate it can be found on the Task and Finish Group page in the minutes for the 9 February 2017.

If you wish to view the full report email Matthew King.

3 Agendas and minutes


20 June 2018

14 March 2018

11 January 2018


8 November 2017

5 October 2017

29 June 2017

9 March 2017

12 January 2017


8 December 2016

8 September 2016

8 June 2016

27 April 2016

18 April 2016

9 March 2016

3 February 2016

14 January 2016


25 November 2015

22 October 2015

17 July 2015

17 June 2015

15 April 2015

4 February 2015

15 January 2015


16 January 2014

18 June 2014

18 July 2014

25 September 2014

23 October 2014

26 November 2014


17 January 2013

13 March 2013

19 June 2013

26 September 2013

24 October 2013

27 November 2013


18 January 2012

7 March 2012

25 April 2012

13 June 2012

4 October 2012

7 November 2012

28 November 2012

4 Meeting dates and locations

  • 11 January 2018
  • 14 March 2018
  • 20 June 2018 - 12.30pm
  • 12 September 2018
  • 31 October 2018
  • 10 January 2019
  • 7 March 2019

Start time - 10.30am (unless otherwise stated)
Location - County Hall, Chichester (unless otherwise stated)

These meetings are open to the public.

5 Get involved

Select committee meetings are held in public and, although welcome to attend and observe, members of the public may not speak at these sessions (unless appearing as a witness, by prior arrangement).

Suggest a topic for scrutiny

The Committee is open to suggestions on what it should scrutinise. Careful consideration is given to each proposal, with members first needing to satisfy themselves that scrutiny could have a positive impact before agreeing to add an item to a future agenda.

Bear in mind that select committees do not examine individual problems or complaints about the County Council, but focus on County Council decisions, services and policies affecting the whole of West Sussex.

Please use our online Scrutiny suggestions form to submit your ideas, or contact the Senior Adviser – Democratic Services.

6 Committee members

Co-opted members

The Children and Young People's Services Select Committee also includes four ‘co-opted’ members, representing parent governors and the Church of England and Roman Catholic Diocesan. These members may be involved in all aspects of the work of the Committee, but may only vote on issues relating to the education of children and young people:

  • Mr Mark Arnold (Parent Governor representative)
  • Mr Giovanni Lozzi (Parent Governor representative)
  • Mrs Marie Ryan (Roman Catholic Diocese representative)
  • Canon Dr Ann Holt, OBE (Church of England Diocese representative).

7 Contact details

Last updated:
13 June 2018

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