Scrutiny review of support for carers in Swansea completed

This week the Health Social Care and Well Being Overview & Scrutiny Board agreed its final report for the review of support for carers in Swansea.  You can read the Board’s report here.

 The Board spent an intensive 3-months gathering evidence, talking to individuals and organisations involved in providing support services for carers, making visits to day centres and reviewing national reports.

 The Board thought that some improvements could be made to identify and support young carers and proposed that each school has a single point of contact to help young carers make themselves known and to ask for help.

 The Board felt that given the current financial situation faced by the Council and other areas of the public sector, improvements in service provision could be made by greater integration and collaboration within and between relevant organisations.

 The Board was impressed by the services provided by Third sector organisations like the Crossroads Young Carers Project, the Cares Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society.  They found evidence of good partnership working between these organisations and the Council and urged that these continue.

 Councillors on the Board agreed that this had been a really worthwhile review and were grateful to all those who gave evidence during the review.  The councillors thought that the short time-scale of the review had helped to focus their minds and had resulted in them being able to gather good quality evidence which supported their conclusions and recommendations.

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