Welsh best practice body on the way

    The development of a specialist unit for improving Welsh social
    services is a step closer after ministers gave it their initial
    backing.

    Welsh assembly health and social care minister Brian Gibbons, and
    new children’s minister Jane Hutt, were told of the plans to
    develop the unit by the Welsh Local Government Association at a
    meeting last week.

    The WLGA wants assembly backing and funding for the unit, which
    would be based within the WLGA and work with authorities to improve
    social services, disseminate best practice around the country, and
    increase the leadership capacity of local government.

    Beverlea Frowen, head of health and well-being at the WLGA, said
    the unit would play a key role in the new blueprint for Welsh
    social services. It will include plans for some services to be
    organised regionally, councils to share workers and increased
    investment in front-line social workers .

    Frowen said ministers had welcomed news of the unit. Graham
    Williams, chief inspector of Social Services Inspectorate Wales,
    described the meeting as “constructive” and said ministers were
    monitoring the plans’ development.

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