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GOOD PROGRESS FOR ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES IN SWANSEA

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Adults in Swansea have been supported by good quality social services, but the council must do more to safeguard th...
Adults in Swansea have been supported by good quality social services, but the council must do more to safeguard their future to maintain progress, a recent Social Services Inspectorate for Wales review decided.

Minister for health and social services Brian Gibbons said:

'Improving social services is a major priority for all local authorities. It is good to be assured that Swansea's services have been serving most people well but they must focus on planning for the future in partnership with health services.'

Acting chief social services inspector Richard Tebboth commented: 'The council has already acted on findings of this report and continues to implement its recommendations. We will follow up progress through our annual performance evaluation and other monitoring.'

SSIW report

The review report found much to commend but there are a number of organisational issues for the authority to consider. They include engaging staff more effectively in change and obtaining a balance between the preventative agenda required by the older people's strategy and supporting very vulnerable older people effectively. The City and County of Swansea has agreed a plan to carry out the priority actions listed in the review report and has already undertaken a number of measures to create improvements.

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