Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 1st October, 2012


Joint Report of the Cabinet Member for Adult Services and the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

Annual Report of the Director of Social Services 2011/2012 - Challenge Version

Purpose of the Report

1.             To ensure that Members receive a copy of the Director's Annual Report at an early stage, contribute to the challenge process and agree (in principle at this stage) the future priorities for the service.


That Cabinet:


1.             Notes the Director's Annual Report for 2011/2012 - Challenge Version.

2.             Where it considers appropriate, contributes proposals for changes to the Annual Report as part of the challenge process.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1. & 2. To provide Members with an opportunity to contribute to the challenge

   process for the Director's Annual Report 2011/2012.


2.             As part of his statutory duties, the Director of Social Services is required by the Welsh Government to produce an annual report on the effectiveness of social care services in the Vale of Glamorgan and on our plans for improvement.  This provides an opportunity for the Director to provide people in the Vale with a rounded picture of social services - based on evidence such as what users and carers say, key performance indicators, and measurements of progress against the overall goals of the Council.

3.             This year, each Head of Service in the Directorate has also provided an annual report, including an assessment of how well we are doing in different service areas and priority objectives for improvement in 2012/13.  These will be published separately but at the same time.  All the reports represent the views of the Director and other managers in Social Services; they are not Council policy at this stage.

4.             The reports are written for a wide range of people, including service users and carers but also Elected Members, the Council's own staff, and the range of partners and providers who help us deliver our services.  It is used by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) to guide their inspection programme in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             This is an important report for the people of the Vale of Glamorgan, members of the Council and for our partners, both statutory and in other sectors. It outlines the current context within which social services are operating and details proposed priorities for improvement.

6.             A challenge version of the Director's report is attached at Appendix 1 and of the three reports by the Heads of Service at Appendix 2.  Circulating challenge versions is intended to allow key stakeholders an opportunity to comment and make observations before the report is finalised, ensuring that it accurately reflects the position of social services.  To support this 'check and challenge' process, the Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA) has produced a document 'Tips for Challengers', which is attached at Appendix 3.

7.             As part of the challenge process, the report is presented to Scrutiny Committee.  This is regarded as a key milestone in finalising the report because of the role which the Committee has in providing consistent oversight and monitoring of social services.  The report was considered by the Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee on 3rd September where it generated very helpful discussions and some suggestions for minor amendments.

8.             The report will be finalised in October, presented to Cabinet and circulated widely. There will be a summary version.  All the documents will be made available via the Council's website.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.             The report is set within the context of:

·               increasing demand for help and support;

·               managing the crisis in public sector finances which means ongoing cuts to budgets; and

·               efforts to focus more of our work on supporting people to remain as independent as possible.

10.        The priority objectives contained in the reports will be delivered within the context of the Social Services Budget Programme, as agreed by Cabinet on 30th July, 2012.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.        There are no sustainability and climate change implications as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.        The development of the Annual Report is undertaken in accordance with Welsh Government statutory guidance regarding the roles and accountabilities of the Director of Social Services.

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.        There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

14.        There are no equal opportunity implications as a direct result of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.        Key objectives of the Council addressed by this report is;

·               to work with partners from the voluntary, public, private and other sectors to establish a shared vision for the future of the Vale and to ensure a co-ordinated approach to realising this vision.

·               to make the Vale a safe and healthy place in which individuals, children and families can live their lives to the full; and

·               to manage the Council's workforce, money and assets efficiently and effectively in order to maximise its ability to achieve its service aims.

Policy Framework and Budget

16.        This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.        The draft report is a consultation document and it has been sent for consideration to a wide range of partners.  A feedback pro forma has been provided which can be returned either in hard copy or via email.  The comments received will be evaluated and, where appropriate, changes to the report will be made. There are no matters in this report which relate to an individual ward.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.        Social Care and Health.

Background Papers

Welsh Government guidance on the Roles and Accountabilities of the Director of Social Services

Contact Officer

Philip Evans, Director of Social Services

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer:

Philip Evans, Director of Social Services