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Radical review of social services due.

Byline: Phillip Nifield

A RADICAL review of one of the largest social services departments in Wales could change the future for hundreds of young and vulnerable people in Cardiff. Speaking at the opening of one of the ``most important'' conferences in the city's recent history, Russell Goodway, leader of Cardiff City Council, said the authority must be prepared for change if it is to address damning criticism levelled at its social services department last year.

In a key note speech to the Social Care Conference, held today, Councillor Goodway said: ``The Joint Review was right, we have got to do a lot if we are to have any prospects of serving the people of Cardiff well.

``One thing is inescapable, we have got to change, fundamental change is the order of today.''

He was addressing more than 200 delegates invited to the special con-ference, at City Hall, to discuss the future of social care in the city, in the wake of a highly-critical joint review by the Audit Commission and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales and the council's subsequent consultation into the state of social services.

Mr Goodway said both had been a ``chastening'' experience and marked a ``watershed'' in care delivery.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 14, 2003
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