MINISTER THANKS MIKE HEDGES FOR ARRANGING A VISIT TO ST TEILO’S CWTCH IN PORTMEAD

  • MINISTER THANKS MIKE HEDGES FOR ARRANGING A VISIT TO ST TEILO’S CWTCH IN PORTMEAD

    Speaking after the plenary session, Mike said…… ‘It was nice to welcome the Minister to my Constituency a few weeks ago; it was good of him to mention it in the answer he gave to my question this afternoon. Children’s Social Services play a vital role in ensuring that vulnerable children have the best start in life. These children are in receipt of support from social services, often through no fault of their own. Family breakdown and so on can lead to all sorts of complications for young people and it is vital that we get support for such children and young people right.

    I am aware that the Welsh Government has provided extra resources for Children’s services and the project visited by the Minister in Blaenymaes is a fantastic project providing support to children and their families. It provides support for children right through the age range. I was pleased to accompany the Minister on his recent visit. It is also pleasing to see that the number of looked after children in Swansea has declined from my time as a councillor when it was close to 600.

    The Welsh Government has increased spending in recent years on Children’s social services and it is good to see that the various projects along with schemes such as Flying Start are beginning to have such good outcomes.’
    Mike Hedges AM. Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the provision of children’s social services? OAQ52393

    Copy To Clipboard Share To Facebook Share To Twitter Share To LinkedIn
    Video
    Huw Irranca Davies – Our priority for children’s services in Wales is to help families stay together where possible, avoiding the need for care. So, programmes such as Flying Start and family support services provide those families with early help, emotional and practical support so that all children in Wales can enjoy the same chances in life.135

    Copy To Clipboard Share To Facebook Share To Twitter Share To LinkedIn
    Video
    Mike Hedges – Can I thank the Minister for his response? I would like to stress the importance of children’s social services and that the cost and need of children’s services has increased substantially over the last 40 years, and certainly over the last 20 years. Also, social services is not, as quite often is thought of in here, shorthand for elderly social care.136
    What support does the Welsh Government provide to local authorities’ children’s social services across Wales?137

    Copy To Clipboard Share To Facebook Share To Twitter Share To LinkedIn
    Video
    Huw Irranca Davies – I’m glad to report, Mike, that our local authority funding towards children’s and families’ services spend has increased, in fact, over the five-year period from 2012-13 to 2016-17 by 24 per cent. It’s gone up from £467 million to £577 million, but, of course, that is alongside the investment that we are putting into things like Flying Start, and other aspects of funding as well.138
    And I thank you, Mike, for the recent visit that we made together to St Teilo’s community Cwtch as well. It was great to see a community coming together in an area of some disadvantage as well, but putting together an array of provision for families and for children that ticked a lot of boxes in one go. And, of course, the other aspect in terms of Swansea is their significant progress, with support of Welsh Government, but actually on their own initiative, around the number of looked-after children that has decreased now, from 585 to 480 over the last four years. They’ve had an improvement programme in place, and it’s really showing dividends, and we might be able to learn lesson from what Swansea is doing with reducing safely the number of children coming into care by actually thinking cleverly and creatively on the ground. If one local authority can do it, then many others could be able to do it as well.


    June 29th, 2018 | Mike Hedges AM | No Comments |

Comments are closed.