Ceredigion county council draw up action plan to improve disabled children support

AN ACTION plan to improve support for disabled children has been drawn up following an inspection with calls to include how to strengthen positive aspects and reconsider resource levels made.

A Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) inspection was made of early help, care and support and transition for disabled children by Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda Health Board earlier this year.

The conclusions were ”mixed” corporate lead officer Porth Cynnal Sian Howys said at Thursday’s (November 19) healthier communities overview and scrutiny committee.

A number of strengths were noted, such as a clear vision and positive ambition for disabled children, as well as some areas requiring improvement, the committee heard, including work that needed to be done with children with complex needs.

Mrs Howys added that an action plan focuses on the areas highlighted by CIW had been approved by the council’s leadership group and Cllr Paul Hinge said that a recommendation should go to cabinet that it consider adding “further improving our strengths” to that plan.

Cllr Keith Evans recommended that the impact of Covid 19 also be taken into consideration while Cllr Lyndon Lloyd called for a closer examination of whether the service had adequate resources in terms of staff and finance.

Other strengths highlighted included use of the Welsh language, positive parent feedback, early intervention and prevention, access to a range of further education, employment and social activities, and good staff support.

Priorities for improvements include ensuring the voice of the children is reflected in documentation, sharing good practice, ensuring commissioning arrangements are fit for purpose, maximising assistive technology use and sufficient resources.

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