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Cabinet release - CSSIW report on Flintshire Social Services

Published: 14/07/2017

The Council’s Cabinet will consider the annual report from Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) at its meeting on Tuesday 18 July. This report follows an inspection and performance review from CSSIW as well as engagement activity throughout the year and is a positive endorsement of safety and quality care services and provision. There is much to celebrate after a strong performance with many positive elements to highlight. This is within a context of increasing service demand, greater complexity of need and a very challenging budgetary position. CSSIW’s main theme for last year was carers and adult safeguarding; implementation of the new safeguarding thresholds and guidance will continue as a priority into next year. The report comments positively on the development of the Information, Advice and Assistance Service in Adult Services and the Early Help Hub in Children’s Services. Further highlights include: · The transformation of learning disability services; · The development of social enterprises; · An increasing commitment to Welsh language services; · Increasing the opportunities for people to have a say in shaping strategic commissioning; · A strong commitment to strategic partnerships; · Strong engagement with our providers. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said: “This is an excellent report and a good assessment of our performance last year. The Council’s overall assessment is that Social Services continues to drive forward service improvement and is well placed to respond to the challenging financial environment, but is realistic about the size of the challenge. We are not complacent, and I am proud of the good work that has been carried out across the board.” Key priorities for the coming year include: implementation of the new safeguarding guidance, which Flintshire County Council continues to prioritise ensuring adults, young people and children are safeguarded, support provided for people with mental health needs and placement decisions for children looked after by the local authority.