Gwynedd Council welcomes positive report on children's services
Gwynedd Council has welcomed a report published by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) which confirms that its children’s services demonstrate “significant strengths”.
The report which follows a detailed inspection process carried out by the CIW in May of this year says that Gwynedd Council’s Children and Supporting Families Department “has a committed and stable workforce”.
The report which looks in detail at the work of the Council’s Children and Supporting Families Department praised the “strong leadership” and stated that the “corporate parenting board is ambitious to develop best outcomes for looked after children with good support from across the council”.
Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Dilwyn Morgan said: “This independent report clearly shows that ensuring the welfare and safety of Gwynedd’s children and families is at the heart of everything we do.
“Despite the hugely challenging pressures facing public services, I am proud of the fact that Gwynedd Council’s Children and Supporting Families Department provides excellent services for our young people and would like to thank all staff for their hard work.
“The dedication of our workforce shines brightly in the report and clearly shows that staff at all levels are committed to promoting the best outcomes for children and families. It was also pleasing that children, young people and families spoke positively about the support provided to them by the Council.
“We recognise that there is always room for development, and we are already taking steps to respond to those areas outlined by the inspectors. As the inspector’s report highlights, we have a dedicated workforce who I know remain dedicated to ensure that we can continue to deliver the best possible services for Gwynedd’s children and families.”
Marian Parry Hughes, Gwynedd Council’s Head of Children and Supporting Families Department, added: “This is a positive report that we can be proud of. It highlights a number of key areas where our staff are delivering excellent services for Gwynedd’s children and families.
“We thank the CIW for the report and we are already looking to strengthen the areas where further development can be made, so that we can build on our success for the benefit of Gwynedd’s most vulnerable children.”
The CIW inspection looked at the experience and progress of children on the edge of care in Gwynedd, children looked after and care leavers, and the use of fostering, residential care and out of area placements. CIW inspectors also looked at child protection enquiries, urgent protective action, and care and support protection plans.
A full copy of the CIW report is available on their website: www.careinspectorate.wales