Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans has today issued an official warning notice to Powys County Council.
In a written
statement published earlier today, the Minister outlines her
concerns following the publication of a report by the Care and Social Services
Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW). The report is based on CSSIW's
findings during a planned inspection of Powys County Council's
Children's Services in July this year and includes several urgent
According to the CSSIW report, "Children and young people do not
appear to be well served by the current arrangements for accessing
support services in Powys. A lack of assessment, care and support
planning combined with an inconsistent approach to working […]
placed children at risk of harm." Staffing problems along with
"instability in management, poor and confused direction and weak
governance" all contributed to the serious performance issues
identified in the report.
Rebecca Evans has met with the Leader and Chief Executive of
Powys County Council to emphasise the seriousness of the situation
and discuss the requirements of the warning notice under Part 8 of
the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. The Minister will
update the National Assembly on the situation within 90 days and
has made it clear that she will not hesitate to take further action
if she is not satisfied with the Council's progress.