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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 6, Guildhall, Swansea. View directions

Contact: Liz Jordan 01792 637314 

No. Item


Disclosure of Personal and Prejudicial Interests.


No disclosures of interest were made.


Notes of meeting on 20 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To receive the notes of the previous meeting and agree as an accurate record.


The Panel agreed the notes as an accurate record of the meeting.



Public Question Time

Questions must relate to matters on the Agenda and will be dealt with in a 10 minute period.


No members of the public were present at the meeting.


Update on Social Work Practice Framework (Presentation)

Deborah Reed, Interim Head of Adult Services

Rhoda Emlyn Jones and Kathryn Thomas, Social Care Wales


Ffion Larsen from Adult Services and Jessica Matthews of Social Care Wales attended to present this item and answer the Panel’s questions.  The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act requires a change in approach to make social work more outcome focussed.  It requires transformational change to deliver this.  The Collaborative Communications Skills training programme aims to develop social workers to work in a more outcome focussed way.


Discussion points:


·       In the Authority we do not currently work in an outcome focussed way. A culture change is needed and training will be required for this.  An implementation plan for training should be in place early next year and will be implemented over three years.

·       The Act is the driver for this.  The 22 Authorities are all in different stages of implementation.  In Swansea, Children’s Services are a long way down the journey to having a whole system approach. Adult Services is at the very beginning, doing preparatory work.  However some things are in place which will align with this approach.

·       Training will be delivered by team over 2 days with a half day follow up 4 to 6 weeks later.

·       The Panel feels social services are going in the right direction with this approach.   

·       Newly qualified social workers are coming out with the right skills set already.






Work Programme Timetable 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 101 KB


The Panel considered the work programme.




·       Panel Members to provide areas of interest which will be used to shape possible Panel visits in the new municipal year

·       Wales Audit Office report on Housing Adaptations to be added to future work programme

·       An item on ‘Procurement practice and assurance in social care’ to be added to future work programme.

·       Dave Howes to attend pre-meeting for January Panel meeting.




Letters pdf icon PDF 195 KB

a) Convener’s letter to Cabinet Member (20 November 2018 meeting)


Letters received and considered by the Panel.


The Panel received an update on the withdrawal of Allied from the home care market.  All business and staff have moved over to one provider.  There has been no additional detrimental impact on the market.


Letter to Cabinet Member (11 December 2018 meeting) pdf icon PDF 131 KB


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