Pembrokeshire council scrutiny committee review demand management for social services

MANAGING demand for social services is a “complex issue” which can change regularly with the council’s response required to meet the needs of those above certain thresholds. Head of adult care and housing Jason Bennett said demand management was complex as the service dealt with people and “people by nature” Continue Reading

Extra mental health support for vulnerable Swansea women

A COUNCILLOR has asked what extra mental health support is available after revealing she is aware of vulnerable women who tried to kill themselves during the first coronavirus lockdown. Cllr Yvonne Jardine was speaking at a Swansea Council adult services meeting, with a 17-day lockdown looming in Wales to curb Continue Reading

Hundreds of Swansea social care staff accept offer of “psychological first aid”

HUNDREDS of frontline social care staff in Swansea have taken up the offer of “psychological first aid”. Amy Hawkins, the council’s interim head of adult services, said it was a pilot scheme and part of the approach the department was taking to reduce high sickness levels and help staff. Adult Continue Reading

Social services wants to keep community hub going after Covid lockdown

POSITIVE feedback has been received about the Pembrokeshire County Council community hub, that was set up to coordinate community groups set up in response to the Covid-19 lockdown and the needs of residents across the county. Now the social services department is preparing for life after lockdown including harnessing the Continue Reading

New ways of working being considered for social services following Covid lockdown

OPPORTUNITIES and threats to the social service work at Pembrokeshire County Council were laid out for councillors this week. Members of the social care overview and scrutiny committee heard from director of social services Jonathan Griffiths about what work has been undertaken to recover from Covid-19 at its meeting on Continue Reading

Social workers join SWP 999 and 101 call handlers to support vulnerable people

AS a part of the Early Action Together Programme two social workers and a protecting vulnerable people investigator are co-located alongside 999 and 101 call handlers from 5pm-1.00a.m. to enable shared information and to provide a professional and timely safeguarding response to vulnerable children and vulnerable adults. The Early Action Continue Reading

People aren’t getting help quick enough, says head of social services

SOME people who need help with basic things like washing and dressing aren’t getting it quickly enough, Swansea’s head of social services has said. Dave Howes said access to and the availability of domiciliary care, which helps mainly elderly people live independently at home, were of “particular concern” to him. Continue Reading

Council praised after social services report

COUNCILLORS congratulated social services on its latest Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) performance report at scrutiny this week. Members of the healthier communities overview and scrutiny committee at Ceredigion County Council welcomed the CIW report following inspection and “performance evaluation activity during the course of the year.” It focused on the social services department’s ability to meet Continue Reading

Cost of placing children in care discussed at council meeting

THE cost of placing children in residential care was discussed by a task and finish group following approval of this year’s budget for Ceredigion County Council. Corporate lead officer for specialist services adult and children, Carys James, said that she was glad that the working group had noted the budget impact Continue Reading

Staff shortages affect social services

RECRUITING and keeping staff in adult and children services is a challenge for Pembrokeshire County Council, according to recent reports. A focus on what requires scrutiny over the coming year by the social care overview and scrutiny committee was developed with the use of three reports relating to the directorate, its workforce plan and safeguarding strategy. Continue Reading

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