Social work and health improvements noted

Angus Council Social Work and Health committee learned of a variety of improvements in the service during the past year when they met recently.

The committee noted a series of annual reports relating to aspects of social work and heard there had been significant improvements. These included: single point of contact set up of all adult protection concerns; development of a pilot supported lodging scheme for care leavers; improvements in the numbers of reports submitted to the Children’s Hearing panel within the agreed timescale; significant reduction in the number of people admitted to residential placements; increasing number of children and young people supported in their home or other family placement rather than residential care; development of an Angus dementia improvement plan; establishment of a learning partnership to help children affected by parental substance misuse; review of foster carers annually. Social Work and Health also issued 9,076 pieces of occupational therapy equipment to service users; supported 212 people with a learning disability into education, training, volunteering and employment and secured £3.86 million in additional benefits for Angus residents

Convener of Social Work and Health Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “Although we are never complacent, these reports indicate good progress during the past year in all aspects of work, for the benefit of the people of Angus. We aim to build on this throughout the forthcoming year. I am also pleased to see that the element of our budget which we can control sees an underspend of £75,000 or 0.12% which is remarkably good. We are planning to carry forward most of this underspend to fund the capital works at East Mary Street, Arbroath and Broomfield resource centres for children and families.”