Agenda Item No. 7
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 5 JANUARY 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 28 NOVEMBER 2014
C2548 SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES: DAY OPPORTUNITIES STRATEGY 2014 – 2017 (AS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH)
Approval was sought for the Day Opportunities Strategy 2014 to 2017 as attached at Appendix 1 to the report in respect of Adults with Learning Disabilities.
The Day Opportunities Strategy for Adults with Learning Disability had been developed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council's Learning Disabilities Service in partnership with Cardiff Council, service users, carers and the third and independent sectors. Attached at Appendix 1 to the report, the strategy provided the Council with a coherent approach to planning, developing and improving.
The Strategy complied with the Welsh Government's 'Learning Disability Strategy - Section 7 Guidance', which set out the service principles and responses that local authorities should adopt across a range of issues affecting adults and older people with learning disabilities. In 2007, in the 'Statement on Policy and Practice for Adults with a Learning Disability', Welsh Government confirmed a vision for the future of Learning Disabilities services based on a recognition that all people with a learning disability were full citizens, equal in status and value to other citizens of the same age.
The Strategy also took into account Welsh Government's policy statement, "Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action", which emphasised the need for local authorities to determine the priorities which it expected providers of social care to deliver to ensure that a public service ethos was at the heart of values for delivering services and to give adults and their carers who used services a stronger voice. The fundamental principles of the new statutory framework system were outlined below:
- People - putting an individual and their needs, at the centre of their care, and giving them a voice in, and control over reaching the outcomes that helped them achieve well-being.
- Well-being - supporting people to achieve their own well-being and measuring the success of this care and support.
- Earlier intervention - increasing preventative services within the community, to minimise the escalation of critical need.
- Collaboration - Strong partnership working between all agencies and organisations.
People could expect to receive support based upon the following values and principles:
- Each person would participate in an individually designed, person centred and outcomes-led day opportunity.
- Each person and their families/carers would have access to specialist information and advice relating to care and support and assistance in securing access.
- People would be enabled to live their lives as independently as possible.
- There would be improved access to preventative services, as appropriate, which could contribute to preventing or delaying people's needs for care and support or reducing the needs for care and support of people who had such needs.
In addition to social care and support, there were responsibilities for other parts of the Council in helping to provide wellbeing services and seeking opportunities for people with learning disabilities to access mainstream Council services.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the Day Opportunities Strategy 2014 to 2017 for Adults with Learning Disabilities as attached at Appendix 1 to the report be approved.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To note the report.
(2) To ensure that people with learning disabilities had available day opportunities that were grounded in an agreed service model, that enabled the Council to provide effective care and support within the resources available.
(3) To ensure that the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) was able to exercise effective oversight of this key area of activity.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 28 NOVEMBER 2014