Social work report

ANGUS Council’s 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 a single point of contact set up of all adult protection concerns and the 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 time scale was also reported on, along with a significant reduction in the number of people admitted to residential placements.

The committee also heard that there was an increasing number of children and young people supported in their home or other family placement rather than in residential care and there was the development of an Angus dementia improvement plan.

It was also reported that the had been an establishment of a learning partnership to help children affected by parental substance misuse along with a review of foster carers annually.

During the year, Social Work and Health also issued 9,076 pieces of occupational therapy equipment to service users.

It also supported 212 people with a learning disability into education, training, volunteering and employment and secured £3.86 million in additional benefits for Angus residents.

Counillor Glennis Middleton, convener of social work and health, welcomed the good progress outlined in the report.