Social care transformations reported

6 February 2020

A report presented at Full Council on Wednesday 29 January highlighted the incredible transformation of children's and adults social care services in Thurrock over the past 3 years.

Cllr Sue Little, Cabinet member for children's and adults social care, shared many of the impressive results that Thurrock’s services have achieved since her appointment in May 2016 and particularly in the last 12 months. These include:

  • children’s social care transforming from 'Requires improvement' to 'Good' following an inspection by Ofsted in November 2019
  • Thurrock Care at Home being rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission in December 2019, from 'Requires Improvement' in September 2018
  • an increase in the number of permanent social workers, adopters and in-house foster carers in Thurrock
  • the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children reducing from 103 to 25
  • £2.038m in new funding for adults social care provided by the Improved Better Care Fund and multiple grants
  • development of a new residential care facility in South Ockendon
  • transformations to our mental health service

Cllr Little said: "Over the past three years we have seen so many positive and inspiring changes across two of our most challenging services in Thurrock – children’s and adults social care.

"Our children, young people and vulnerable adults continue to be at the very heart of the council's priorities as we strive to give them the best opportunities, support and care possible. This is demonstrated by some of the impressive statistics provided in the report that I shared and following the recent extremely positive independent external ratings across both of these services.

"I am confident that the future will bring just as many positive results for our social care services and Thurrock residents as we continue to go from strength to strength."

The full report is available at Council, Wednesday 29 January.