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Key Progress in Social Work Highlighted

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01

November 2018

Clackmannanshire’s Chief Social Work Officer’s Annual Report highlights some excellent work that is taking place across the county and gives an insight into some of the challenges that are being faced.

A report to the People Committee (1 November) heard that key progress could be noted including:

  • Progress in shifting the balance of care and increasing the proportion of children and young people looked after in their own communities, while reducing the proportion living in residential settings. This was supported by the development of a range of community based supports for children, young people and their families.
  • Work with Who Cares? Scotland increased our advocacy provision for looked after and accommodated children and young people and supported us to develop more imaginative and innovative approaches to participation.
  • Further development of the Community Justice Model and local Community Justice Improvement Plan. We hosted two very successful conferences “Resilience in the Face of Adversity” and the first Clackmannanshire Youth Community Justice Conference.
  • .Significant redesign work has progressed across adult mental health and learning disability services and will continue in 2018-2019. Commissioning plans are in place for these service areas.
  • Local care homes across the statutory and independent sectors engaged with the Care Inspectorate’s improvement initiative, Care about Physical Activity.
  • The Health and Social Care Partnership’s Annual Audit Report conducted by Audit Scotland and published in September 2017, highlighted the open and transparent in which the Integration Joint Board conducted its business.

The report also highlighted the challenges that are faced within our communities which affect the provision of social work services.  These include tackling the impact of poverty across Clackmannanshire, with 27% of children living in poverty, significant challenges for the Council in making the necessary transformational changes to secure its financial position, redesign of day services with a view to establish integrated day assessment services and further extending the use of Self Directed Support.

Cllr Les Sharp, Spokesperson for Health & Social Services said: “It’s pleasing to see this comprehensive report from our Chief Social Work Officer which highlights some very good work which is helping some of the most vulnerable people in Clackmannanshire.  I’m happy to see the evidence based practice delivered in collaboration with the third sector which are producing improved outcomes, maintaining a focus on improving outcomes for people through relationship based and person centred approaches to service redesign and delivery. Our thanks go to all the staff and partner organisations who have worked well together to deliver these services. 

“We are facing some real challenges within social services, with increasing demand in key areas at a time of real financial challenge in the public sector.  This report shows that plans are being developed to keep delivering important services in the uncertain context we are all experiencing.”