Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Remote meeting via Microsoft Teams
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy(Chairman), Cllr Ted Strike,
Officers:
Andrea Gledhill, Allision Lilliendahl, Sarah Whaley
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed
Item Description Decision
Public
SHA
10/20
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHA
11/20
MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD 27TH OCTOBER 2020
AGREED that the minutes be approved as a correct record.
SHA
12/20
REPORT OF ADULTS AND HEALTH OFFICER
 
SHA
13/20
REPORT OF HOME SAFETY OFFICER - CHILDREN'S SERVICES
The update was noted.
SHA
14/20
REPORT OF THE TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
The update was noted.
SHA
15/20
REPORT OF ONE CALL OFFICER
The update was noted.
SHA
16/20
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHA
10/20
There were no declarations of interest.
SHA
11/20
Consideration was given to the minutes of the Stockton Home Safety Association meeting which was held on 27th October 2020.
SHA
12/20
There was no report to consider.
SHA
13/20
Members were given a brief overview by the Home Safety Officer from Children’s Services.

The main topics discussed were as follows:

The Children's Services Home Safety Officer informed Members that home and family safety services were continuing to be delivered virtually.

Children's Services continued to work closely with Social Services and had been able to provide advice, information and equipment to some families that Social Workers were working with if they had visits which were already arranged.

In terms of Children's Services making home visits, there had been bookings made for January 2021, however due to the current situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic, this could be subject to change.

Children's Services staff continued to be vigilant in terms of issues surrounding domestic abuse.

The Home Safety Officer would present a revised programme at the next meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association.
SHA
14/20
Members were given a brief overview by the Trading Standards Enforcement Officer.

The main topics discussed were as follows:


Trading Standards were continuing to give COVID support to businesses within the Borough, particularly where concerns had been raised from Members of the Public and Public Health in terms of establishments not being COVID secure. There had been a couple of issues highlighted with a number of retailers, however each one had received guidance and advice from Trading Standards and were now operating to the new guidelines.

A brief discussion took place around the sale of fireworks and whether the current legislation regarding when fireworks could be bought was still relevant. In addition the Association briefly discussed the future of organised firework displays and the impact COVID-19 may have going forward.

The Chair highlighted that the Stockton Home Safety Association had worked well in the past with RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) specifically around firework legislation. It was suggested this could be a topic for the Home Safety Association to investigate further with the help of Trading Standard, RoSPA and the Fire Authority.

AGREED to discuss further at the next Stockton Home Safety Association meeting.
SHA
15/20
Unfortunately, the One Call Officer was unbale to attend the meeting, however had provided the Chair with some information which was shared as follows:

The One Call Service continued to operate as normal during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

70,746 calls had been handled from the period 1st June 2020 to 20th December 2020. Of those calls 98.62% had been answered within 60 seconds and 99.88% of calls had been answered within 180 seconds.

In terms of Responder Alerts there had been a total of 3627, out of the total figure there had been 1272 Falls responded to, 407 Ambulances contacted and 117 Hospital Admissions.

The Chair acknowledged that One Call were providing an excellent service and emphasised the importance of the One Call Service to vulnerable people.
SHA
16/20
The Chair suggested that Stockton Home Safety Association look at future events in terms of when and how the Association could hold them, investigating whether virtual events could be a possibility during the current COVID-9 Pandemic. It was agreed this be a topic for discussion at the next meeting which was scheduled for February 21.

The Chair Cllr Ann McCoy and Cllr Ted Strike praised all Stockton Borough Council staff acknowledging their hard work and commitment during these unprecedented times.

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