Efforts to support and protect people in Dundee

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Ongoing efforts to protect and support people across Dundee are being showcased to councillors.

The policy and resources committee will consider the latest report of the city’s Chief Social Work Officer Diane McCulloch for 2021-22.

Highlights include:

  • Opening of the Bella community custody centre for women,
  • Expansion of Naloxone availability to help prevent drug overdoses
  • Progress on a Community Wellbeing Centre to help in the response to mental health challenges
  • Welcome and support provided for families fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, as well as Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children from around the globe
  • Partnership working in the development of A Caring Dundee 2, Dundee’s Carers Strategy
  • A significant reduction in the number of care experienced children
  • The successful completion rate of Community Payback Orders returning to above the national average
  • Across the whole year 98% of hospital discharges in Dundee were not associated with a delay

Policy & resources convener Councillor John Alexander said: “The significant progress that our staff and those of partners have achieved is nothing short of remarkable given that services are recovering from the impact of the pandemic.

“They have not only continued to support vulnerable people of all ages in the city, but they have also stepped up to give a safe haven to families from war-torn Ukraine as well as unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

“Our staff work on extremely complex matters and am under no illusions about the scale of the challenges that the city faces. I would like to thank them all for their continuing dedication.”                                             

Councillor Ken Lynn, health and social care spokesperson, added: “I am pleased to see the commitment we are showing to tackle longstanding issues in the city including drug deaths and mental heath problems.

“While none of us can afford to be complacent, we can see from the Chief Social Work Officer’s report that sustained efforts are being made across the city to make people’s lives better.”

The policy and resources committee meets on October 31.

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