Meeting documents

Social Services Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 13th March, 2017 9.30 am

Date: Monday 13th March 2017 Time: 9.30 a.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale

Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

PresentAndWithReport toReport of
COUNCILLOR N. DANIELS (CHAIR)
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PUBLIC
1. APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors:


K. Hayden

B. Pagett

Noted
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

Noted
3. SOCIAL SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
Minutes (295K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 24th November, 2016.

RESOLVED that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

Agreed
4. ACTION SHEET - 24TH NOVEMBER, 2016

There were no actions arising from the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held on 24th November, 2017.

Noted
5. SOCIAL SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
Minutes (174K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee meeting held 19th January, 2017.

RESOLVED that the Minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

Agreed
6. ACTION SHEET
Action Sheet (41K/bytes)
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Consideration was given to the Action Sheet of 19th January, 2017

RESOLVED that the Action Sheet be noted.

Noted
7. SOCIAL SERVICES AND WELL-BEING ACT - POPULATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT
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Appendix 3 (229K/bytes)
Appendix 4 (117K/bytes)

Consideration was given to report of the Temporary Director of Social Services and the Gwent Health & Social Care Transformation Team, which provided Members with the Social Services and Well-being Act draft Population Needs Assessment (PNA) regional report.

The Temporary Director of Social Services spoke to the Report and highlighted points contained relating to:-

- Assessment of need
- Range and level of services required
- Current position

RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

Agreed
8. GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP BOARD
Report (262K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the report of the Temporary Director of Social Services which informed Members of the governance arrangements developed under the statutory guidance required by Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 (SSWB Act); and the top level priority areas identified by the Regional Partnership Board.

The Temporary Director of Social Services spoke to the report and highlighted the key points therein, and the following points were raised by Members:-

Mental Health Service Areas

A Member referred to page 152 of the report regarding Mental Health Service Areas and expressed concern that care packages were not being linked-up with appropriate treatment.

The Temporary Director of Social Services explained that the National Dementia Strategy intended to alleviate these types of issues by raising awareness across the country and in hospitals, and providing sufficient training for staff.

Partnerships

A Member said he hoped the current arrangements would prove to be more beneficial than the previous collaboration proposals with Caerphilly CBC.

The Officer commented that this is a statutory partnership and stressed the importance of working in partnership across the region as there was greater potential for sharing resources and continued improvement.
Staffing/Workforce Development Implications.

A Member referred to section 5.1 of the report and asked whether there would be another secondment opportunity from Blaenau Gwent if the current seconded Officer left the Gwent Transformational Team, and if so, what impact would this have on the Social Services Department.

In response the Officer explained that the current secondment would come to an end on 31st March, 2017, however, it was hoped to extend this to allow sufficient time for the Officer to apply for alternative employment.

The Chair noted that the report did not include the timescale for future reporting to the Scrutiny Committee and it was agreed that the Executive Member would provide comments/feedback on a quarterly basis.

RESOLVED accordingly.

FURTHER RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and Option 2 be approved, namely:-

- To sign up with the Regional Partnership Board and governance arrangements as prescribed by Welsh Government under Part 9 of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act and to endorse the Joint Statements of Strategic Intent; and

- That the Executive Member provide comments/feedback to the Scrutiny Committee on a quarterly basis.

Agreed
9. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES- QUARTER 3 2016/17
Report (128K/bytes)
Appendix 2 (3M/bytes)
Appendix 3 (172K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the report of the Interim Service Manager for Development and Commissioning, which outlined the key points from Quarter 3 of the 2016/17 Annual Report of the Director of Social Services.

The Temporary Corporate Director of Social Services and the Temporary Head of Service spoke to the report and highlighted points contained therein, and the following points were raised by Members.


Adult Services

Members commended all staff for their exemplary work, particularly over the Christmas period and said that the report was evidence that the working arrangements had been successful.

Children Services

A Member referred to Page 183 of the Annual Report relating to the statistics from Quarter 3, and asked whether prior to the decision to have children 'looked after', whether Flying Start and Families First etc., had any involvement.

In response the Temporary Corporate Director of Social Services explained that the activities highlighted in the report in terms of resources etc., was to ensure that specialist professionals were in place in order to manage situations and prevent referrals for safeguarding being necessary.

RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and the Scrutiny Committee acknowledge the information for Quarter 3 detailed within the Director of Social Services 2016/2017 Report.

Agreed
10. WORKING TOWARDS A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COUNCIL
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Appendix 3 (44K/bytes)
Appendix 4 (73K/bytes)
Appendix 5 (287K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the report of the Temporary Corporate Director of Social Services, the Head of Organisational Development and Theme Lead Gwent Transformational Team, which sought agreement to work towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Council.

The Temporary Director of Social Services spoke to the report which had previously been submitted to Council.

Members commended the report and it was:

RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and the Council formally adopt the 'Working Towards Dementia Friendly Community' logo and individual directorates consider training dates to receive Dementia Friendly Awareness Sessions.

Agreed
11. WELSH GOVERNMENT CHILDCARE PILOT OFFER
Report (172K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the report of the Integrated Services Team Manager for Children & Families which sought approval to become a test area for the Welsh Government 30 Hour Childcare Offer Pilot to commence in September, 2017, and the additional staffing resources required to deliver the proposal.

The Temporary Corporate Director of Social Services spoke to the report which had previously been submitted to Council.

RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and the Scrutiny Committee supports the proposal to pilot the childcare offer in Blaenau Gwent, the funding required for staffing, resources and IT equipment and the new staff to deliver the pilot, and aim to implement and 'go live' in September 2017.

The Chair expressed his sincere thanks to the Executive Member and Scrutiny Committee Members for their courtesy during his time as Chair, and to the Officers for their professionalism and contribution. He felt that Social Services in Blaenau Gwent was in a very good position and commended the Department for their continued efforts.

Agreed