Shropshire joint reviews report

    Shropshire Council social services serves most people well and
    has promising prospects for improvement, but needs to work on its
    children and families services, according to a joint review

    The report by the Audit Commission and the Social Services
    Inspectorate says: “Top managers have clear vision and demonstrate
    leadership to a well-motivated workforce, they show a capacity to
    learn from experience in order to improve. Aspirations for further
    achievement and change are high.”

    While it says there are some very good services for children and
    young families, there is insufficient access to preventive and
    support services. It says: “The choice of family and residential
    placements is limited and some of the growing number of looked
    after children are experiencing a lot of moves. Recognition of some
    of these difficulties, alongside the inconsistent access services
    for children with disabilities, has been the focus of a Best Value

    The report also highlighted “a pressing need” for Shropshire to
    plan for the future workforce, and recruit and keep staff in key

    Sue Mead, assistant director of joint reviews, said: “Shropshire
    social services is doing well. It has some really good services to
    support the people who need it. It is well managed and keen to get
    even better.”







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