Children's social work and social care services

Children's social work and social care services

The Bill proposes to give Ministers powers to include some children's social work and social care services in the National Care Service in future via separate secondary legislation, subject to the outcome of further public consultation. For the purposes of this proposal, children’s social work and social care services are described as including: ⚫ Social work services for children and families and related social care services such as residential child care provision; ⚫ Provision of services which support families in the community to prevent children being brought into care; ⚫ Provision of services and supports to care experienced children and young people and their children; ⚫ Any service which provides support to children and young people and where there may be a change to support service during the transition period from child to adult services and the young person requires ongoing support in respect of wellbeing needs (e.g. disability, mental health, alcohol/substance use); ⚫ Youth Justice services. If you agree with these proposals in the National Care Service Bill click the thumbs up button (👍) below. If you disagree with these proposals click the thumbs down button (👎) below. If you are unsure about the proposals and feel you need to know more about them click the question mark button (❓) below. If you have any additional comments about these proposals please provide them in the comment section below.

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I commend to you the recent proposal by the Welsh Government for ensuring good transition into adulthood at age 18 for those that have been in care settings during their childhood. A cash payment to smooth the transition so that youngsters do not become homeless is made. I have experience in this area if you need help, advice and guidance.

Generally I am in favour of this. However, the present Kilbranden system operates under different client related legislations Some give authorities the DUTY to do something, others the POWER. The former generally relates to child and prisoner care; the latter to adult and elderly care. DUTIES trump POWERS in terms of funding and the attractiveness of work. If the NCS is to 'get it right for everyone', this inequality of legislation needs to be addressed.

Why? Not recommended in the Feeley report, it only strips more power from locally democratically representatives.

I think in any further consultation about including children social work and social care services in the NCS should be mindful of the diverse range of children ( and services) that this includes - and to ensure that they hear from the children ( and families) who access the different supports and services. As a parent of a disabled child, I fully support the idea of the Children and Disability teams being part of the NCS, however, I can't comment on the other children services being considered.

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