Children’s Services Vale of Glamorgan in a strong position to develop further – report

Care Inspectorate made (DSS) inspection of children's services in the Vale of Glamorgan Council during the month of May 2018.

The inspection made considering the experience and progress on the periphery of care, looked after children and care leavers, and the use of foster care, residential care and locations outside the area.

Inspectors also made inquiries consider child protection, emergency protection measures and plans protecting care and support.



  • Frontline staff had enough motivation and support good governance at all levels.
  • There is support for children's services from across the local authority including elected members. The local authority in a positive position to develop its services for children and families further.
  • Social workers had a good knowledge of the circumstances of children and were seen regularly. However, vacancies and complex caseload has affected the service. Senior managers are already taking steps to reorganize teams and minimize conflicting demands.
  • LAC had not been engaged in their regular review meetings.
  • The choice of locations for LAC is limited, work is underway to increase the number of foster placements, as well as working with social care providers so that more children could be closer to home.
  • The care leavers are very positive about the help they receive from Personal Advisers.
  • In the protection we reviewed, children are protected by means prompt response and timely assessments.


Areas for development

  • The local authority should continue to fill vacancies and monitor reasons for leaving.
  • Assessments must consider all available information from previous contacts and incorporate any risks
  • Practitioners should seek the views of children seen on their own in particular, where appropriate, and these are outlined in the full assessment.
  • The local authority should ensure the proposed independent advocates for children and visitors relevant.


next steps

ANW expect the local authority to take appropriate steps to address these areas and improved. DSS will monitor progress through its ongoing review activity with the local authority.  

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