Our focus is on enganging people, building relationships based on trust, working with people and communities to solve problems and make the most of opportunities in order to give them better control of their lives. This means providing the appropriate level of challenge and support to empower citizens and communities to feel able and encouraged to do more for themselves and become more independent. The focus on restorative practice that started in our Children's Services teams and strengths-based practice in Adult Social Care is cascading across the organisation. Supporting councillors in their community leadership roles is also critical to this approach.
We are determined that those in contact with the Council have the power, opportunity and uspport to help shape services - whether they are residents, key partner organisations or local businesses. Working collaboratively informs everything we do.
The council has a unique role to play in support vulnerable people. We are developing different ways to help people live independent lives for as long as possible, especially by helping people stay fit and healthy. This includes giving young people the best start in life through support for expectant and new families, and means that as people get older, they can look after themselves using more of the support already available in their community. An important part of our work is preventing problems before they happen and helping people get back to living the way they want after a period of illness or injury. Our whole social care and support infrastructure also depends on carers and their ability to carry on doing this invaluable job. As a Council we will continue to support carers, recognising the pressures they can face and appreciating that co-ordinated support from the Council and its partners will help them to continue.
We are continuing to modernise our approach to inclusion and diversity. Our Inclusion and Diversity statement and our Year 2 Action Plan 2017-21 are significant steps to both tackling inequalities and embracing inclusion and diversity as a real asset. We are incorporating this positive approach by effectively and routinely respecting diversity, valuing different perspectives and supporting inclusion.