Inspection of Children’s Services: Vale of Glamorgan Council

Our findings and recommendations for children’s services in Vale of Glamorgan Council.

We inspected services for children at Vale of Glamorgan Council during May 2018.

The inspection looked at the experience and progress of children on the edge of care, children looked after and care leavers, and the use of fostering, residential care and out of area placements.

We also looked at child protection enquiries, urgent protective action, and care and support protection plans.

Findings

Front-line staff were well motivated with  good management support at all levels.

There is support for children’s services from across the local authority including from elected members.

Social work staff knew children’s circumstances well and regularly visited. However, vacancies and complex caseloads have affected the service.

There is limited choice of placements for children who are looked after, with work underway to increase the number of fostering placements, as well as working with a residential care provider to place more children closer to home.

Areas for development

Some teams were experiencing pressure and a recruitment drive is underway.

Assessments must take into account all available information from previous contacts and incorporate any risks, and practitioners should explicitly seek the views of children seen alone (where appropriate) and fully outline these in assessments.

Next steps

We expect the local authority to take appropriate action to address and improve these areas. We will monitor progress through our on-going review activity with the local authority.

 
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