Fulfilled Lives, Supportive Communities, published by the Assembly Government last year, outlined how social services will evolve over the next 10 years to enable them to respond more effectively to people’s needs.
Social services in Wales will continue to provide care for children and adults and offer help and support to families to ensure the most vulnerable people in society are protected and cared for. The importance of strong leadership of these services is paramount and in support of this, the Deputy Minister announced the consultation on the draft statutory guidance on the Roles and Accountabilities of the Directors of Social Services.
The document is out to a 12-week consultation which closes on 2 March 2009.
Gwenda Thomas said:
The consultation document reinforces the Assembly Government’s commitment to, and the importance, placed on social services. It builds on the guidance already in place, and clarifies the working arrangements which need to be in place between the Director and other service officers with responsibilities for child and adult services.
A great deal has been done in recent years to develop the services so that they continue to be able to offer the necessary help and support to people, working closely with other parts of the public sector.
Social services staff have an extremely difficult but rewarding job in working with some of the most vulnerable and challenging families in society.
Our focus in Wales will continue to be on integrated social services for children, families and adults. Our objective is to build on, and strengthen, current arrangements. We believe that to do this enables staff to maximise the support, care and protection available. We have no intention of introducing different arrangements in Wales.
Social services may have an impact on us or our families at some point in our lives and therefore I would encourage everyone to read this document and have their say.
5 December 2008