Performance inspection of social work services: Aberdeen city council: follow-up report

Social Work Inspection Agency
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A performance inspection of Aberdeen City Council’s social work service was carried out during late 2007 and published in June 2008. The inspectors were unable to rate the Council’s performance above ‘adequate’ against any of our ten areas for evaluation. SWIA, Audit Scotland and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) agreed a single, integrated audit and inspection process that would focus on the main issues in their respective reports. This included a joint planning process, shared preliminary information and a single phase of on-site work that included a number of joint sessions, leading to a shared evidence base and judgements. Fieldwork was carried out in Aberdeen during April 2009. SWIA returned to Aberdeen earlier than normal for the follow-up inspection. There had been significant changes in the interim. Following the retirement of the former Chief Executive, the Council engaged a consultant to fulfil that role on an interim basis. Agreed themes of activity were: children’s services improvement plan, adult services improvement plan, people management (including staff morale), commissioning intentions, management of business (including leadership and direction), substance misuse, and criminal justice.

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inspection, local government, management, quality assurance, social services;
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inspection report
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978 1 905501 95 3

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