Meeting documents

Social Services Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 2.00 pm

Date: Wednesday 20th June 2018 Time: 2.00 p.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre

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

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COUNCILLOR S.C. THOMAS (CHAIR)
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1. TUDALEN GLAWR AGENDA GYMRAEG/WELSH VERSION OF AGENDA COVERSHEET
Tudalen Glawr Agenda Gymraeg/Welsh Agenda Coversheet (171K/bytes)
Noted
2. SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

Noted
3. APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S. Healy, J. Holt, M. Moore and J. P. Morgan.

It was noted that Councillor G.A Davies's apologies were omitted from the Minutes of 12th April, 2018.

Noted
4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

Noted
5. TIME OF FUTURE MEEETINGS

Consideration was given to the commencement times of future Social Services Scrutiny Committee Meetings.

RESOLVED that future Social Services Scrutiny Committee Meetings be held at 9.30 a.m.

Agreed
6. SOCIAL SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
Minutes (260K/bytes)
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The Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 12th April, 2018 was submitted.

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

Agreed
7. ACTION SHEET
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The Action Sheet arising from the Social Services Scrutiny Committee Meeting held on 12th April, 2018 was submitted.

A Member congratulated staff on the comprehensive and informative Member Briefing session.

RESOLVED that the Action Sheet be noted.

Agreed
8. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES 2017/18 ( QUARTER 4)
Report (107K/bytes)
Appendix 1 (3M/bytes)

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Social Services which was presented to highlight the key points from quarter 4 of the Annual Report of the Director of Social Services 2017/18.

The Corporate Director spoke to the report and highlighted the main points contained therein.

Children's Services

The Head of Children's Services informed Members that out of the 6 priorities set for Children's Services in 2017/18, 5 had been achieved. The 6th priority had been in relation to bringing the service within the allocated budget. This had not been achieved due to the high numbers of children in residential care and the increased use of independent fostering placements.

The Head of Children's Services extended an invite to Members to sit on the Corporate Parenting Board. The Officer also stated that the Directorate had successfully completed the majority of actions within the Corporate Parenting action plan for 2017/18 which included improving contact facilities in Beaufort Road and developing a pathway into Flying Start Outreach element for LAC that are new or expectant parents. There would be a grand opening of Beaufort Road in September and Members would have the opportunity to visit later in the year.

In response to a Member's question regarding the Edge of Care Team, the Head of Children's Services said that this team had a high impact on preventing children coming into care. A report was being prepared and would be presented to scrutiny in due course. She confirmed that currently there were 233 children in care and the Edge of Care Service benefited the Directorate in relation to cost avoidance for LAC.

The Head of Children's Services confirmed the number of children in residential care was 16. Two children were in Blaenau Gwent, with some being in the wider Gwent area, and other parts of the country, one was in Devon and another in Carmarthenshire.

A Member enquired regarding privately run care homes in Blaenau Gwent. The Head of Children's Services said that private care homes were not in the management of the Council but if there were safeguarding concerns then the Social Services Directorate could intervene and report the establishment to Care Inspectorate Wales who would look at the quality of care being offered at the care home.

The Corporate Director of Social Services commented that the Council did not have a monitoring role in care homes unless it had a placement there. Private organisations were not required to inform the Council when they opened a care home but in order to operate they did have to register with Care Inspectorate Wales. He confirmed that planning permission was only needed for care homes accommodating over 6 individuals. If the community within the area of the care home raised any issues or concerns the Council would try to support these communities by discussing their concerns with the private company involved.

In response to a Member's question regarding the number of foster carers, the Head of Children's Services confirmed that there were currently 67 foster carers in Blaenau Gwent. An advertising campaign was being undertaken for specialist foster carers and two assessments were currently being carried out. A Member commented that the number of foster carers in Blaenau Gwent was low and with the number of LAC increasing more needed to be done to encourage new foster carers.

Councillor Tommy Smith left the meeting at this juncture.

Adult Services

The Head of Adult Services gave Members an update in relation to Adult Services. She commented that there had been a 45% drop in the number of 999 calls for non-life threatening falls due to a joint pilot training scheme to safely move residents off the floor after a fall.

A Member commented that he had attended a meeting whereby ABUHB had reported delays in patients leaving hospital and he congratulated staff that no delays in the transfer of care had been reported for Blaenau Gwent patients.

In response to a Member's question regarding training for home care staff, the Head of Adult Services said that training had been carried out in conjunction with Caerphilly County Borough Council and specialist in-house training was also undertaken.

RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and Option 2 be endorsed.

Agreed
9. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES 2017/18
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Appendix 2 (70K/bytes)

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Social Services which was presented to provide Members with the Annual Report of the Director of Social Services 2017/18.

The Corporate Director spoke to the report and highlighted the main points contained therein. He commented that the Annual report was an end of year comprehensive report prepared using the quarterly information presented throughout the year.

RESOLVED to recommend that the report be accepted and Option 2 be endorsed.

Agreed