Social Services Annual Report
Later this month, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to review a
draft report on the performance of Social Services and to consider whether the
report provides an accurate and clear account of social care in Flintshire.
This is the second year of a new format for the Social Services Annual Report
which is prepared under the requirements of the Social Services and Well-being
(Wales) Act 2014 and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act
Despite significant financial and capacity pressures, Flintshire has continued
to maintain and improve the support given to our most vulnerable citizens. The
Council has much to celebrate in the work being done to promote and improve the
wellbeing of people in the County, including:
1. Carrying out a strategic review in partnership with our stakeholders which
identified a number of initiatives to improve the care sector, for example, the
development of the Care@Flintshire website which supports providers in
recruitment and retention, training, advertising events, sharing good practice
and networking with each other.
2. Entering into a partnership with Hft, a national charity specialising in
supporting adults with learning disabilities to deliver improved day and work
opportunities services across Flintshire.
3. Committing to an investment of £4 million of our capital programme for a new
community based learning disability centre which will replace the aging
Glanrafon day centre in Queensferry.
4. The establishment of an innovative and sector leading multi-agency Early
Help Hub in Flintshire, which was officially launched earlier this month by
the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.
5. Successful implementation of the Welsh Government funded Childcare Offer
pilot. Early indications show that the scheme is one of the leading services
in Wales supports people back into employment, reduces the risk of poverty and
supports the well-being of children. Indeed our Flintshire team is now being
asked to extend the scheme into Wrexham and Denbighshire
Neil Ayling, Chief Officer, Social Services, said:
“This comprehensive report lays out a positive position for social services in
Flintshire and demonstrates that despite pressures on services, our staff
continue to provide excellent services to support the most vulnerable citizens
in the county. The report also sets out a full programme of service improvement
in both adults and children’s services, to respond to future needs and ensure
our services maintain their positive reputation.”
Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Social Serives, Councillor Christine Jones,
“This is an excellent report and a fair assessment of our performance as a
service last year. It is pleasing to see the good work that has been carried
out across the board. However, we are not complacent, and we will continue to
seek ways to improve, particularly during such challenging economic times which
also show increasing demands on our services.”
Priorities for next year include:
· Make the information on the website more meaningful for individuals to help
them find the right information to support their well-being.
· Improve the emotional well-being and mental health of care leavers, including
a commitment to helping them be ready for work.
· Continue with our work for the Flint and Holywell Extra Care projects.
· Continue to develop the new Glanrafon day service with the new building due
to be completed in May 2019.
· Develop proposals for the expansion of the Council owned Marleyfield House
The report will be available on the Flintshire County Council website by 31