The Accolades are biennial awards that recognise, celebrate and share excellent practice in social work, social care, early years and childcare in Wales. Read on to find out more about our inspiring winners and finalists.
Citizen-led services - sponsored by the Co-production Network for Wales
Winner: Vale of Glamorgan Council
For its project enhancing the well-being of older people by improving collaboration between social workers, domiciliary care agencies and residents, to make sure residents have control over their care and support.
Highly-commended: PSS Shared Lives Wales
For a project where vulnerable adults move in with specially-recruited and trained professional carers, who open their homes to them and give them 24/7 support in a family environment.
Effective approaches to safeguarding - sponsored by Blake Morgan
Winner: Newport Children’s Services and Barnardo’s
For their Integrated Family Support Services project, which is resulting in a significant reduction in the number of children removed from their families and taken into care. The scheme provides intensive, multi-agency support for families “on the brink of care” and helps improve parenting.
Highly-commended: North Wales Safeguarding Board
For its Self-neglect Protocol initiative, developed to prevent the serious injury or even death of people who appear to be self-neglecting, supporting their right to be treated with respect and dignity, and “aiding recognition of situations of self-neglect”.
Highly-commended: Pembrokeshire County Council
For its Junior Safe Guardians project, where young people help other young people understand safeguarding issues and keep themselves out of harm. The group has also run two safeguarding conferences to provide training and promote safeguarding to a large group of young people from across Pembrokeshire.
Better outcomes by learning and working together - sponsored by Deloitte
Winner: Conwy County Borough Council
For its project aimed at lowering the risk of sexual exploitation of young people. Its collaborative work with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and North Wales Police has provided bespoke training for staff and set up a monthly multi-agency forum to share information about high-risk perpetrators and vulnerable young people.
Highly-commended: St John’s Day Service/Swansea Council
For its Community Garden Initiative, bringing together residents with dementia and marginalised groups, including adults with a learning disability and people from homeless, and drug and alcohol charities. This is allowing “rich and lasting reciprocal relationships” to develop.
Highly-commended: Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services
For the work of the Pembrokeshire Preventions Programme Board, a multi-agency partnership led by the Director of Social Care and Leisure and the Head of Joint Strategic Commissioning, leading on the development of a preventions vision, strategic framework and delivery plan.
In Pembrokeshire, the vision is for a people-centred model for preventions, ensuring that the well-being and independence of adults, carers, children and families are promoted and encouraged through service development and redesign. The partnership sees preventions and information, advice and assistance (IAA) as being inextricably linked and has therefore brought them together under one programme of activity.
Use of data and research to support prevention, early intervention and effectiveness
Winner: Pembrokeshire County Council
For its project to reduce how long people must wait for care and support. It has changed the culture of two members of staff providing care to older and disabled people in their own homes. An experienced occupational therapist helped build the carers’ confidence in using alternative techniques and equipment with service users, meaning there is now no longer a staff shortage.
Developing a confident and sustainable workforce - sponsored by GMB
Winner: Bridgend County Borough Council
For an “imaginative” project helping new social workers get their careers off to the best possible start. They have support, teaching and mentoring through a mixture of in-house workshops and training events with outside speakers, as well as individual and group mentoring sessions.
Highly-commended: Right at Home, Cardiff and Newport
For a project providing a comprehensive and innovative career pathway for care workers, giving them “ground-breaking” training opportunities in specialised areas of care, individual rewards and recognition, specialist support with personal and professional development, and quality pastoral care in the community.
Excellent outcomes for people of all ages by investing in the learning and development of staff - sponsored by The Open University Wales
Winner: Flintshire County Council
For a cultural change programme to improve the lives of older people in care homes. Each care home is assigned a monitoring officer who works with staff to embed “person-centred” practice. Staff are also matched to residents based on shared interests, and cultural and language preferences, further improving their sense of well-being.
Highly-commended: Care Without Compromise, Neath
For its project supporting people with learning disabilities in “a unique residential setting”. Staff support residents towards rehabilitation and independence, meaning they spend more time in the community and progress to supported living, independent living with domiciliary support, or return to live closer to their families.
Innovative and creative solutions – sharing your experiences
Winner: Monmouthshire County Council
For its My Mates project, which is transforming the lives of people with a learning disability by helping them form friendships and live “with passion and purpose”. My Mates helps its members take part in a range of social events, forming friendships and possibly close personal relationships, while being offered advice and information in a supportive environment.
Highly-commended: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
For its Stay Well at Home initiative. The project is helping reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and increase early discharge arrangements through the provision of transport, rapid response adaptations and a caseworker service.