Annual Report 2017-18: Bridgend Council “sees improvements”

Here’s a summary of some of the key findings from Bridgend Council’s Annual Report for 2017-18 (pdf). The report does warn that some of the indicators/statistics used to measure performance compared to other councils in Wales haven’t yet been published.… Continue Reading

New school attendance strategy set for approval

  It’s perceived wisdom that there’s a link between attending school and doing better – though this ignores all the other complicated explanations for how children perform at school like poverty, mental & physical health, bullying, intelligence/natural ability and the… Continue Reading

Councillors to be updated on children’s care remodelling

  Bridgend Council is currently undertaking a remodelling of children’s residential care and will give a scrutiny committee an update this morning (pdf). At present, BCBC has two residential children’s home – Newbridge House and Sunnybank. There are no serious… Continue Reading

“Superhub” to bring protection services under one roof

Bridgend is set to establish a “hub” for services protecting vulnerable children and adults (pdf). The aim of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – which will be based in offices on Bridgend Industrial Estate – is to share information between… Continue Reading

Year-round residential care for disabled children set to launch

BCBC’s Corporate Parenting Committee (the committee responsible for care, adoptions, looked-after-children) are due to discuss year-round care for disabled children on Wednesday (18th October). According to the report (pdf) until this year there’s been no provision for year-round residential care… Continue Reading

Improvements demanded at Children’s Social Services

  The Care & Social Service Inspectorate of Wales (CSSIW) today published a critical report into Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) Children’s Social Services department (pdf), following inspections carried out in January and February this year. Children’s social services in Bridgend have… Continue Reading

Bridgend 2017: How have Bridgend Council performed?

  As you probably all know by now, on June 8th we’ll have a snap UK General Election….if/when the House of Commons votes for one tomorrow. I won’t come back to it until after the local elections are well out… Continue Reading

Recruitment problems stifle Bridgend Social Services

Earlier this week, Bridgend Council’s Children & Young People Committee discussed staffing levels in children’s social services (pdf). Ongoing issues are said to “challenge many authorities” and are “well-documented”. The meeting was primarily held to discuss the reasons why recruitment… Continue Reading