The work being done across adults and children's social care in Thurrock has been praised at a meeting of the full Council on Wednesday 31 October.
A report presented by Cllr Sue Little, portfolio holder for social care, explored the key initiatives across both services that are performing strongly.
Children's social care services singled out for praise included:
- the reduction of the number of Thurrock children in care
- the recent launch of the 'Signs of Safety' practice model
- the increased number of in-house foster carers and placements for children
Positive feedback following Ofsted's 'Focused Visit' in September was also highlighted as a key step forward for the service.
Adults social care successes detailed in the report included:
- support for more than 50 micro enterprises within the community
- the Shared Lives scheme
- new housing developments for people with learning disabilities and autism at Chichester Close and Medina Road respectively
Cllr Little said: "I am honoured to deliver my third cabinet member report to full Council as portfolio holder for children's and adult social care. The report gives me the opportunity to reflect on what both my departments have achieved over the last year and details the future of the services.
"I am proud of the progress we have made and would like to thank all the staff involved for their amazing commitment to improving services for the people of Thurrock."