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Austerity cuts force councils to work differently

Austerity cuts force councils to work differently

Last week’s National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) conference came at a very important time for the social care sector, bringing together health and social care leaders and policy makers with responsibilities for children’s services and adult care in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

Among the exhibitors was leading social work company, Sanctuary Social Care, who were busy sharing the achievements of their service delivery division, Skylakes, having worked with local and central government to deliver statutory social work across adult and children’s services.

“Changes are inevitable as directors of service look for innovative ways of working to ensure service levels are maintained”

James Rook, Managing Director of Sanctuary Social Care, said, “After meeting with many industry leaders and directors of councils in recent months, it is clear that changes to services have had to be made due to austerity cuts. Following this, further changes are inevitable as directors of service look for innovative ways of working to ensure service levels are maintained or improved.”

Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care Services and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson were amongst the speakers at this year’s NCAS conference. Topics discussed included opportunities to integrate health and social care, personalisation and the issue of out-of-area placements – all of which are familiar to the work of Skylakes.

James continues, “We have been working closely with both Adult and Children’s Services Departments across the country, whether it is to help them meet their target to implement personal budgets or to provide the consistent, regular support required for an out-of-area placement by calling on one of our social workers local to the service user’s placement area.

“The NCAS conference was a fantastic opportunity to discuss the social work services we offer as well as catch up with familiar faces that we have worked with in the past, who were more than happy to share the positive results of our services amongst fellow delegates.”

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