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Social Care Excellence Commended

Over 200 awards, qualifications and accreditations have been presented to those on the frontline of caring for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s most vulnerable and in-need adults and children.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Annual Community and Children’s Services Award Ceremony was once again a resounding success, with hundreds of staff from across the service area receiving their hard earned qualifications and accreditations they have worked so hard towards - delete, in order to ensure they have the skills and training delete and insert knowledge they need to do the best-possible job for those who rely upon them.

Among those to receive certificates at the event in Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw, were homecare workers, social workers, care home and day centre staff, business support managers, learning disability support workers, specialist Dementia care workers and Foster Carers.

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Keynote speaker at the event was Gerry Evans of the Care Council for Wales and expert officers from across the Council, including Chris Harris of the new Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Carol Smith of the Adult Protection Team, and Mark Anthony, from the Integrated Family Support Team, also spoke at the event.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor Cllr Barry Stephens and Mayoress Barbara Stephens attended the event and helped to present certificates.

He said: “Events such as this are important for showing the scale of the learning and professional development that is taking place right across the workforce we have in place to protect and care for some of our most vulnerable adults, children and young people.

“This includes elderly care home residents and those who need specialist Dementia care, as well as adults with learning and physical disabilities, those who are looking to get back on their feet after an accident, injury or illness and looked-after children.

“Right across the board our staff, including foster carers, are working to develop in a personal and work capacity to ensure they have the skills needed to provide the best-possible service.

“This should be a reassurance for residents, regardless of their age or personal circumstances, that the staff delivering support are committed to personal and professional excellence.

“It is particularly pleasing to welcome four of our foster carers to the event, to present them with their Diplomas in Health and Social Care (children and young people which they have attained through their careers providing homes and a stable upbringing for children in care. The chance to work towards professional qualifications such as this is just one of the benefits of a career as a foster carer – get in touch to find out more!”