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A report presented at Council this evening has highlighted a number of strengths across Thurrock Council’s children’s and adults social care services whilst recognising the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, says a leading councillor.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet Member for Children and Adult Social Care, presented the report on Wednesday 8 July which outlined work across key areas including during the past quarter. This included how the council has continued to support and protect the most vulnerable residents in the borough and their access to services, whilst exploring what the future of social care for children and adults looks like.
Cllr Halden said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed incredible demands upon our services, requiring them to perform at their strongest for the safety of those in our care. By continuing to build technology into how we look after our residents, and supporting our elderly to be as mobile in our communities as is safely possible, we can be ready should there be an increase in referrals as lockdown eases following Government guidance.
“Strong partnership working with the NHS and voluntary sector means we can improve our services based on shared learning. Tremendous work has also gone into supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children whilst protecting the vulnerable residents who leave our care.
“By exploring what the future of care could look like we can ensure we are in the strongest position possible to deliver a fantastic service for Thurrock’s children and vulnerable adults for generations to come. I would like to thank all of the council staff and key partners across the borough who have supported our residents during these challenging times.”
The full report is available to read in full via the council meeting agenda.