Our priorities and pledges
Protecting the most vulnerable
Priority 4: Help people to help themselves while always protecting our most vulnerable children and adults
By 2020 over 80% of the Council’s budget will be spent on protecting those most vulnerable in our society whether that be children without a home, people with disabilities or older people who need help in their later years. While only a relatively small proportion of people use these services they are incredibly important for those that do, allowing them to live life.
We are currently developing a new reporting process which will allow residents to monitor our progress against our pledge over the coming years. The information will be available once the system is in place.
Pledge 17. Provide early support so that Swindon residents are financially included and avoid getting into debt.
Pledge 18. Deliver a borough-wide approach to increase the impact of volunteering, enabling more people to be active in supporting vulnerable people.
Pledge 19. Ensure that more people and their carers are supported to live as independently as possible and reduce the length of time people need to spend in residential care. This will be achieved through work with the Clinical Commissioning Group and GP surgeries to help people with long term health and social care needs to manage their health effectively with support from community groups and multi-disciplinary teams.
Pledge 20. Increase the number of foster carers in Swindon so that every ‘child looked after’ who should be, is placed in their home borough.
Pledge 21. Ensure that there is a partnership approach to early prevention and intervention across Swindon so that more children and families are supported early, including through the Troubled Families Programme, to prevent escalation to statutory social care.
Pledge 22. Ensure that Swindon’s vulnerable children and young people are safeguarded and protected.
Pledge 23. Ensure that Swindon’s vulnerable adults are safeguarded and protected.
Pledge 24. Increase the number of organisations in Swindon working to achieve ‘Dementia Friendly’ Town Status for Swindon and ensure annual accreditation.
Pledge 25. Work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure the level of children in Swindon with excess weight is no higher than the England average.
Pledge 26. To prevent homelessness where possible using additional measures including the temporary winter housing provision and enabling a day centre to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets.