Social Work Services Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 17 April 2014
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Andy Ferguson (Chairman)-North West Dumfries
Ted Thompson (Vice Chaireman)-Lorchar
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East & Eskdale
Brian Collins-Castle Douglas & Glenkens
James Dempster-Mid & Upper Nithsdlae
Iain W Dick-Stranraer & North Rhins
Jane Maitland-Dee
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Willie Scobie-Stranraer & North Rhins
Graeme Tait-Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Officials:
Sean McGleenan - Interim Chief Social Work Officer
Rhona Lewis - Senior Manager Legal & Regulatory
Heather Collington - Operations Manager
Sarah McGarva - Team Manager
Apologies:
Yen Hongmei Jin - Lochar
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Davie Stitt - Abbey
John Syme - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

13 Members present, 6 apologies

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

 
3 THE CARERS JOURNEY AT THE CARERS CENTRE - PRESENTATION BY CLAUDINE BRINDLE

Decision


NOTED and thanked Claudine Brindle, Manager, Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre, for the informative presentation on “The Carers Journey”.

 
4 EXTERNAL SCRUTINY OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1 the outcome of the scrutiny activity in respect of the overall performance of the service; 

 

4.2 the progress being made in respect of recommendations from inspections; and

 

4.3 AGREED to receive progress reports at alternate Social Work Committee meetings.

Director Social Work Services

5 LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

5.1 NOTED the progress of Getting It Right For Every Children (GIRFEC) which was implemented on 1 April 2013;

 

AGREED 

 

5.2 to bring an early report on the impact and effect GIRFEC has had on social work and its performance to a future meeting;

 

5.3 to hold a Members Seminar in relation to Looked After Children;

 

NOTED 

 

5.4 the Quality Assurance process being implemented within Social Work Services; 

 

5.5 the numbers of Looked After Children as of 1 December 2013 and 1 March 2014, including children with disabilities receiving short breaks;

 

5.6 the updated situation with regard to children being assessed for permanency;

 

5.7 the audit of plans for Looked After Children currently in S4 of secondary education; and

 

5.8 the progress of the Looked After Children procedures.

Committee Administrator - Social Work Services, Director Social Work Services

6 APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

AGREED

 

6.1 to appoint Andy Ferguson and Ted Thompson to the Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland;

6.2 to appoint Iain Dick and Ted Thompson to the Dumfries and Galloway Care Trust; 

 

6.3 to appoint Andy Ferguson to the Older Peoples’ Consultative Group; and

 

6.4 to appoint David McKie to Volunteer Action Dumfries and Galloway.

 
7 ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 18 JUNE - 19 JUNE 2013 “SOCIAL WORK SERVICES… WITH PEOPLE, BY PEOPLE, FOR PEOPLE” - REPORT BY INTERIM CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER

Decision

 

7.1 NOTED the details of the ADSW Annual Conference 2014; and

 

7.2 AGREED that the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Social Work Services Committee attend on a residential basis and that a report be presented to a future Committee on outcomes and findings.

Committee Administrator - Social Work Services

8 MINUTES OF OLDER PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE GROUP MEETINGS OF 17 APRIL 2013, 6 JUNE 2013, 21 AUGUST 2013, 13 NOVEMBER 2013 AND 21 JANUARY 2014 (COPIES ENCLOSED)

Decision

 

NOTED

 
9 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
4 Action by Director Social Work Services - reports will be submitted to future meetings
5 Action by Committee Administrator - Social Work Services - Seminar will be arranged and is being progressed and the further report has been added to the rolling agenda

Action by Director Social Work Services - report being prepared for submission at a future meeting
7 Action by Committee Administrator - Social Work Services - Request for the feedback report has been added to the rolling agenda