Welsh Social Service Chiefs Support Improvement In Carmarthenshire

Following the publication of the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales’ (SSIW) report of the joint review of Carmarthenshire Council’s social services, the Association of Directors for Social Services have welcomed the finding that services for children and their families are ‘good’ in Carmarthenshire. Responding to the report, Susan Lewis, Joint Chair ADSS Cymru said: “We are pleased to see recognition within the report for the improvements achieved, and especially in delivering an impressive range of services for vulnerable children.

She continued: “We wish to signal our support to the managers and staff in Carmarthenshire working to deliver social services within available budget”.

The SSIW report concluded that services for children and their families are clearly focused on safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. Effectively managed services were found to be “impressive”, “creative” and “innovative”.

Joe Howsam, Joint Chair adds: “Delivering effective social services for vulnerable children and adults is one of the most significant challenges facing all authorities. This report helps us to focus wider attention on the considerable financial pressures faced by Welsh councils to provide sustainable social services. It is an issue that needs to be addressed urgently”.

ADSS Cymru works for a strategic collaborative approach to support continuous improvement in the delivery of quality services through its own membership of statutory directors of social services, and through partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government, the SSIW and the Welsh Local Government Association.

As a professional organisation, ADSS Cymru will continue to provide the strong professional leadership to drive forward the social care agenda in Wales, in order to achieve this aim, and to ensure that social services in Wales continues to grow from strength to strength.