Manchester City Council

Committee details

Committee details

Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee

Purpose of committee

Scrutiny Committees represent the interests of local people about important issues that affect them. They look at how the decisions, policies and services of the Council and other key public agencies impact on the city and its residents. Scrutiny Committees do not take decisions but can make recommendations to decision-makers about how they are delivering the Our Manchester Strategy, an agreed vision for a better Manchester that is shared by public agencies across the city.


The Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee challenges the Council and other public services to make sure that they give young people in Manchester every chance to live happy, fulfilling and successful lives. 


Areas of interest include education, looked after children, social care for children, provision for under 5's, disabled children, special educational needs and activities and facilities for young people.


The Committee also looks closely at the work of the Directorate for Children’s and Families and reviews how the services it delivers meets residents’ needs.


The committee’s current work programme (opens in new tab / window)


In addition to the elected members the Committee has seven co-opted member positions. These are:


Representative of the Diocese of Manchester – Vacant

Representative of the Diocese of Salford – Mrs Julie Miles

Parent governor representative – Ms Samantha Barnwell

Parent governor representative – Dr Walid Omara

Parent governor representative – Ms Zainab Derraz

Secondary sector teacher representative – Mr Liam Duffy

Primary sector teacher representative – Ms Joanne Fleet


The co-opted members representing faith schools and parent governors are able to vote when the Committee deals with matters relating to education functions.


The Council wants to consult people as fully as possible before making decisions that affect them. Members of the public do not have a right to speak at meetings but may do so if invited by the Chair. If you have a special interest in an item on the agenda and want to speak, tell the Committee Officer, who will pass on your request to the Chair. Groups of people will usually be asked to nominate a spokesperson. The Council wants its meetings to be as open as possible but occasionally there will be some confidential business. Brief reasons for confidentiality will be shown on the agenda sheet.


You can suggest a topic for this committee to investigate.



Contact information

Support officer: Rachel McKeon.

Phone: 0161 234 4497