Renfrewshire Council

Priority 8: Care, health and wellbeing

Our aspiration

Renfrewshire is a caring place with a proud of history of helping children and adults who are vulnerable and who have found themselves in need of care and support. Local people will be supported to access the support they need and get involved with activities which improve their general health and wellbeing.

Overview

The Council works very successfully with a range of organisations across the private, public and voluntary sector to ensure vulnerable children, families and adults can access support when it is required.  Much of what we are doing locally is about moving to a more person centred approach where services work with our vulnerable children, families and adults at a much earlier stage wherever possible to try to improve outcomes.

In Children's Services we will support increased numbers of children to flourish in stable or permanent care arrangements when they are unable to remain with their natural parents.  We will ensure that children who have been looked after by the Council achieve the best possible outcomes in education, training and employment.  We will offer a range of parenting and family support programmes such as Incredible Years and Functional Family Therapy and expand our successful Families First programme.

 We will continue to work with partners to embed strong child protection arrangements and we will implement the recommendations arising from the multi-agency inspection of our children's services. We will launch a second survey in 2016 of children and young people living in Renfrewshire, the first of which had over 12,000 responses.  The survey will help partners to look at what difference the things we are doing locally are making to children and young people.

It's an exciting time for adult social care services and local community based health services which will come together to form the new Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership on 1 April 2016.  The Partnership is developing a Strategic Plan which will set out what it will seek to achieve from the 1 April 2016 across services for older people, people with learning and physical disabilities, carers, people with addictions and people with sensory impairment, in conjunction with the wider community and hospital based services locally.  The Partnership will be focusing on providing services that allow our ageing population to live at home for as long as possible and avoid being admitted to hospital; delivering more choice to service users and carers about the support they can access and, working closely with partners and communities to tackle the health inequalities which exist in parts of Renfrewshire.

Renfrewshire Leisure will be seeking to take advantage of the expansion of its responsibilities following the recent transfer of the council's cultural services and community halls to develop and enhance the range of services it can provide to enhance the health and well-being of residents across Renfrewshire.

What we will do

  • Expand the Families First approach to Gallowhill, Foxbar and Johnstone to ensure children have the best start in life
  • Implement the new Children and Young People Act, including the single Child's Plan and the Named Person
  • Roll out new approaches to permanency planning for looked after children to ensure children have the opportunity to reach their full potential from a safe and secure base
  • Support the completion of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership's Strategic Plan for 1 April 2016
  • Extend the provision of telecare and telehealth services to provide efficient and effective care in people's homes
  • Support the third sector and community groups to develop and deliver support within their local communities
  • Integrate Renfrewshire Leisure's cultural, community and leisure services to increase opportunities for people to participate in activities that will improve their health and well being

How will we know we have been successful?

Our success measures will be:

  • Number of people engaging with evidence based programmes
  • Percentage of adults with intensive needs receiving care at home
  • Percentage of adults supported at home who agree that their services and support had an impact in improving or maintaining their quality of life
  • Care leavers under 19 participating in employment or education
  • Number of people using Renfrewshire Leisure services
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