South Gloucestershire praised for children`s services

    South Gloucestershire Council was praised by the Audit
    Commission and Social Services Inspectorate for “notable
    improvements” in its children’s services, including child
    protection reviews and reviews of looked-after children.

    But the joint review report highlights other areas in need of
    further attention, including mental health and learning
    difficulties services and joint-working arrangements.

    “There are gaps in services across the authority and users
    experienced difficulties in knowing how to access services,” the
    report concludes. “Although the authority introduced care
    management into community care services in November 1997, too many
    service users are still not care managed.”

    The report cites the council’s priority for action as
    improving the quality of services available to local people, in
    particular by checking its screening activities and access
    thresholds and by meeting the needs of the black and minority
    ethnic residents.

    “The authority must work with partners in education and health
    in developing and adopting a more consistent approach towards
    planning for the transition of children with disabilities into
    adult services,” the report adds.

    Social services director Bill Robbins said the council had
    produced a special action plan to deal with the recommendations,
    focusing on improvements to practice and action to achieve greater
    partnership working with other agencies.

     

     

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