New parenting programme for Dudley

From bump to 19 years the Solihull Approach courses help parents and care givers feel more confident, calmer and have a better relationship with their child. These online courses for parents & parents-to-be, worth over £100, have been prepaid for ALL Dudley families! It’s for mums, dads, grandparents, or anyone involved in raising a child or supporting families that do. There’s even a course just for teenagers themselves. To get your access code go...

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Mental health social care services set to return to Dudley Council in the New Year

Dudley Council is expanding its adult social care service with the return of mental health social care to the authority in the New Year to care and support people with mental health problems in the borough. The return of the service to the local authority, which was previously run by the NHS, will see around 50 staff re-join the Adult Social Care team. The transition is currently under way and the team will be formally welcomed to the local authority in January. Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet lead for adult social care, said: “I look forward to welcoming the mental health social care team back to Dudley in January. “The team will be a very important addition to the council, and I am sure that their expertise and skills will help provide the best care and support for vulnerable people in our borough. “The current coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of caring for our mental health, just as we would our physical wellbeing. The return of this service shows Dudley takes the mental health of residents across the borough incredibly seriously.” Anyone wishing to contact the authority’s mental health services team should contact 0300 555...

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The Care Act in Dudley

Care Act Easements As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the government has made provision for councils to temporarily ‘ease’ certain social care responsibilities if necessary, to help manage any extreme pressures. This would allow the council to respond to a major increase in requests for urgent social care support and a corresponding reduction in the availability of social care staff. Easements must only be triggered if it becomes absolutely essential, as local authorities must do everything possible to meet their existing duties under the Care Act without taking these new measures. What does this mean in Dudley? At the current  time we are at level 2 and do not need to trigger easements to our existing responsibilities under the Care Act. Services continue to be delivered albeit in some cases in a different way. For example face-to-face visits may have been replaced by phone calls and we have had to close some of our facilities Our services are being closely monitored to ensure we continue to meet the needs of local people. We will continue to adapt services as required to ensure we minimise any potential risks in providing our social care services....

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