Wales ‘needs more placement schemes’

    The National Association of Adult Placement Schemes in Wales has
    called for Welsh local authorities to give a greater commitment to
    schemes after they revealed only around half of councils had

    Tim Southern, deputy chair of the Welsh committee of the
    association, said only 12 of the 22 local authorities had put in
    bids to run their own schemes under the new national minimum
    standards. He blamed this partly on a lack of awareness of adult
    placements and a shortage of carers in some areas.

    “We need to strengthen the position in Wales and are looking at
    setting up a consultancy service where authorities can either buy
    an off-the-shelf package to set up a scheme or we’ll work with them
    to develop their own,” he added.

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