Monday, September 25, 2017

Keeping children at the heart of everything

We now do more to understand the child’s circumstances and what they want. As well as recognising the strengths and capabilities of their family.

The Children’s Single Point of Access team has also been made bigger.  This team is the first point of contact for anyone making a new referral to children’s services – including partner agencies and members of the public.

The team now includes a police community support officer, with a youth justice social worker, an education social worker and a health visitor set to join in 2017.

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With a little bit of help families can often meet their own needs and don’t always need Social Services. But if we believe a child is at risk, we will act without delay to safeguard their welfare.

We have out-performed every council in Wales so we’re going to keep monitoring how we are doing and how our service will keep the child at the heart of the matter.

Cllr Bill Baldwin, Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “Understanding how a young person feels is crucial in meeting their needs, and the needs of their family.  

“That’s why seeing and talking with a child is at the heart of our assessment process.”

This article has been taken from the Annual Directors of Social Services Report, which is available here.

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/keeping-children-at-the-heart-of-everything/ (Wed Aug 30th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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Let's get digital, digital! ; All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week. ; No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service. ; The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will in...

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