Adult and Children’s Social Care continue to be under pressure to deliver better and more comprehensive services to an increasing number of families and individuals.
Fiscal challenges add to these pressures, driving the need to develop new ways of working.
The only sensible way to achieve better outcomes is to establish collaborative working relationships across all agencies including health, housing, police, voluntary organisations and other local partners.
Using a collaborative approach will help Children’s services to continue to shift their focus towards the prevention of abuse and neglect and efficiently support the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people in the community.
Within Adults services, the focus on earlier intervention and prevention of long-term care dependency could also be better addressed through collaboration, where the promotion of wellbeing in the community would help relieve the financial and emotional implications of addressing these issues too late.