Consultant social workers in multi-agency teams are set to be embedded in children’s services in Wales with the launch today of a safeguarding project.
The Integrated Family Support Service will be delivered by multi-disciplinary, multi-agency teams incorporating a consultant social worker. It is hoped that the skills of health and social care professionals will improve as a result.
“It places greater accountability and shared responsibility within and across children’s and adults’ services and breaks down boundaries between local government and health to better support the family as a unit,” said Gwenda Thomas, deputy minister for social services.
Initially, referrals will be for families where the parent’s primary issue is substance misuse. Families affected by parental mental illness, parental learning disability and domestic violence will be phased into the service.
New health and social care qualifications have also been launched to support the integrated family support agenda.
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