Prompt Response to Childcare Review Findings
Monday 2nd July 2012
Clackmannanshire Council has already begun work on a number of tasks to take forward the findings of the recently published independent review of certain aspects of childcare services.
The review, which identified a number of areas for improvement, was considered by the Council last month.
Council Leader, Councillor Gary Womersley said: "The Council has committed to supporting the service to improve through investing in additional resources, including staff resources.
"Extra staffing has been secured and a workforce capacity review has already begun. In addition, in response to the review's finding, service standards for childcare have already been reviewed and strengthened."
As well as bolstering capacity, a caseload audit and review has begun and a Performance Management Forum specifically for childcare has been established.
A training programme is underway focusing on a number of areas including supporting the implementation of an integrated assessment framework for children. The service is also continuing to receive specialist input from the British Association for Fostering and Adoption.
The Council recognises the importance of restoring confidence in this part of the childcare service and, as such, positive initial discussions have taken place with both the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Government.
Councillor Womersley added: "Building on early and positive engagement the Council's Chief Executive has had with senior officials of both organisations, I have now made contact with the chair of the Care Inspectorate and the Minister for Children and Families to discuss offers of support which have previously been made.
"While the Council now has a very robust approach to scrutiny with the establishment of a Housing, Health and Care Committee and a Resources and Audit Committee, I recognise the importance of external scrutiny of the performance of the service and of the implementation of the findings of the independent review."