To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services
The Chair advised the committee that Item 4 Cwm Taf Integrated Family Support Team Annual Report 2017-2018 would be presented first as an officer had been delayed.
Annabel Lloyd introduced the item to the committee and led them through the report. Annabel then introduced Jay Goulding (Cwm Taf Integrated Family Support Team) who provided the committee with a summary of the work carried out by the Family Support Team.
The Chair commented that the report was more like a fact sheet which made it difficult for the committee to scrutinise as they were unable to compare data to highlight areas of improvement as the data is almost a year old, and requested future reports be six monthly.
The following questions were raised by the committee and responded to in detail by the appropriate officer.
· In relation to the WCCIS system the report states ‘we’re experiencing some challenges with regard to management and performance data, whilst we await the development of a manager’s dashboard’ and ‘at the time of writing this report the system does not allow us to accurately calculate the number of re-referrals into the team’. Why wasn’t this managers dashboard introduced at the start when the system was implemented, why wasn’t the issue foreseen and when will the dashboard go live
· Rhondda Cynon Taf Referrals – the report states ‘Where possible we encourage Social Workers to speak with the team prior to making referrals to ensure that they are making the right type of referrals’, does this also happen in Merthyr Tydfil
· The Executive Summary suggests that you are continuing to see a rise in demand for the Integrated Family Support Team (IFST) service with referrals increasing from both Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil but also mentions the reduction of overall staffing. If both of these trends continue where will this leave the service in the future.
· The structure of the report seems to be very Rhondda Cynon Taf focused and it was difficult to see what parts referred to Merthyr Tydfil can this be addressed.
· Page 47 of the report highlights risky behaviours – are they self-identified behaviours by the parents.
· There is a prevalence in domestic violence, can you tell the committee what sort of work you carry out with these families in Merthyr Tydfil. Merthyr Tydfil also has the LLamau project is there collaborative work taking place.
· What sort of time scales are we looking at for the results of the research being undertaken by Cardiff University
· In relation to evidence based interventions can you tell the committee what interventions are currently undertaken in Merthyr Tydfil
· After intervention have long term outcomes been assessed. Are families coming back into Social Services 12/24 months after or are have the interventions been successful
· In relation to alcohol abuse what ideas do you have to improve the service you currently provide to families
· Do you provide a mentoring service
· The Summary of Member Contributions shows that both Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil put forward £280,000 each, is this a one off payment or a start-up payment as Merthyr Tydfil has 25% of the referrals and RCT 75%.
· How does the IFST support and contribute to the redesign of local services in Merthyr Tydfil making it more integrated and efficient. And what links are being made with early intervention and prevention programmes e.g families first, flying start etc and how are we looking at a more collocated approach
The Chair thanked Jay for the report and said he would be happy for the video that they have produced to be shown to the committee at a later date.