Chief Social Work Officer Annual Report


14th November 2019

A new document is shining the spotlight on work to address the causes and consequences of social and health inequalities that “impact disproportionately” on some of the most vulnerable people in Dundee, including those affected by substance use, mental health issues and domestic abuse.

The annual report from chief social work officer Diane McCulloch also explains how the city council and health and social care partnership are working together to provide support in Dundee, and manage increasingly integrated responses to health and social care needs.

A rise in the number of young people diverted from prosecution and the stabilisation of placements for looked after children are among the highlights of the latest report.

Key challenges and opportunities across children’s services, community justice and health and social care will be discussed as the report is considered by the city council’s policy & resources committee on Monday November 18.

Committee convener Councillor John Alexander said: “As always, the annual report from the chief social work officer shows the hard work that is ongoing to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people across this city.”

Council health and social care spokesperson Councillor Ken Lynn added: “The report outlines how the council and health and social care partnership are striving to provide more integrated solutions for people.

“This covers everything from the care of looked after children to the work ongoing to cut the number of older people admitted to hospital as a result of falls.

“I am impressed by the dedication and commitment of all our staff who provide vital social work and social care services across Dundee.

“This report helps us to highlight not only the achievements that have been made, but also allows us to focus of the challenges for the future.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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