Reshaping Services for Children and Families (0-5 Redesign of Children Centres)

Reshaping Services for Children and Families (0-5 Redesign of Children Centres)

The council has now made a decision about the future of services for children and families. In a meeting on 9 November Cabinet voted in favour of proposals to offer services at 14 children and family centres with local community outreach opportunities. It also accepted proposals to increase the age range of family support from 0-5 years, up to 19 years (25 with disabilities). Following a period of transition with current children’s centre providers, it is expected that the new model will implemented by 1 October 2019.
The council offer thanks to everyone who participated in the public consultation from June-September 2017.

For more information please read the full cabinet report here.
This consultation is now closed. Please find below the details and original documentation relating to this consultation.

Your frequent queries answered can be found here.  The consultation closed at midday on Monday 11th September.

This webpage can now be translated through the ‘Select your preferred language’ box to the right of this page.

Warwickshire residents are invited to have their say in a county council consultation into the remodelling of its offer to children and families.

Children are at the heart of everything Warwickshire County Council does and it wants to make sure all children in the county have the best possible start in life. It is committed to working with families, services and communities, directing people toward easy to access support based on need in order to keep all its children safe, healthy and happy.

In order to do this and meet the requirements of an incredibly challenging savings programme, it is essential that the council looks very carefully at the services that it provides to review how effective they are and seek to find innovative and more efficient ways to get results and keep people safe, healthy and independent for the future.

The council is proposing changes to how services are provided to local children and their families by remodelling its children’s centres and considering different ways to make sure families who use them get the right support for the right issues at the right time.

There are 39 children’s centres in Warwickshire, which operate in groups to offer a mix of services at different locations. Consultation proposals seek views on converting 12 of these centres in to new family hubs. These hubs will be a place where children and families can access a range of services for 0-19 year olds (up to 25 years for children with disabilities). The family hubs would be spread throughout Warwickshire where there is the greatest identified need for family support.

It is proposed that family hubs will be located in the following areas:

  •  North Warwickshire Borough: Retain Atherstone as Family Hub.  Centres subject to reassessment including alternative options and potential closure: Coleshill, Kingsbury,and Polesworth
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough: Retain Camp Hill, St Michael’s, Stockingford and Abbey as Family Hubs. Centres subject to reassessment including alternative options and potential closure: Bulkington, Ladybrook, Park Lane, Rainbow, Riversley
  • Rugby Borough: Retain Boughton Leigh, Claremont and Oakfield as Family Hubs.  Centres subject to reassessment including alternative options and potential closure: Cawston and Dunchurch, Hillmorton, Long Lawford, Newbold, Wolston
  • Stratford District: Retain Alcester as Family Hub.  Centres subject to reassessment including alternative options and potential closure: Badger Valley (Shipston), Clopton, Lighthorne Heath, Southam, Stratford, Studley and Wellies (Wellsbourne)
  •  Warwick District: Retain Lillington, Sydenham and Westgate.  Centres subject to reassessment including alternative options and potential closure: Kenilworth, Kingsway, Newburgh, St Johns, Warwick, Whitnash

This does not mean that Children’s Centres that are not evolving into family hubs will immediately cease to exist, Warwickshire County Council will explore any opportunities within the local community and local providers to continue to offer services at the remaining centres. In doing this, it will have to consider the reduced resources available and the future suitability of each centre based on access, location and whether there are alternative community-based venues nearby. The aim is to help communities thrive with services which fit the needs of those living there.

More detailed information is available in the consultation document.

To share your views complete the consultation questionnaire.  Whilst it can be accessed on any device, including mobile phones and tablets, people have told us it is easier to complete on a computer with a keyboard, such as a laptop, if you want to write detailed responses to questions.  Please allow plenty of time to complete this questionnaire because it may take 30 minutes or more. Once you have started, if you do not click to the next screen after 30 minutes the survey will time out and you will not be able to go back to where you left off. Your time is appreciated – every survey that is completed matters and will help the council to understand everyone’s views.

The consultation information is also available in alternative formats, please email or phone 01926 742350.  If your first language is not English you can email us your consultation response in your native language.

Each individual response the council receives is valuable and will help us when making a decision.

As of 25th August, please click here for the schedule of events being held across Warwickshire.  There are 12 public consultation events and many informal drop in sessions at Children’s Centres.  There will also be visits by the Portfolio Holder, Councillor Morgan, to some centres which are an opportunity for him to view the facilities and as such are not official consultation events.  If you would like to chat to a member of the 0-5 redesign team please come along to a public consultation event or an informal drop in session.

If you are unable to make a public consultation event the presentation shown can be found here.

If you have a paper copy of the questionnaire, please post it back to us in the no stamp required envelope provided.  If you do not have an envelope, completed questionnaires can be handed in to any Warwickshire County Council library across Warwickshire.

If you have any questions about the consultation or require more information please call 01926 742350 or contact us via

What happens next

We received a significant number of responses to this consultation which closed on 11 September.

In order to provide sufficient time for the Council to carefully consider all responses received, the matter will be considered by Cabinet at its meeting on 9 November. Prior to that, on a date to be arranged in October, the Children’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider this matter before it is considered by Cabinet.

Related documents

Equality Impact Assessment

Children’s Centre Consultation Frequent Queries

Reshaping Services for children and families

Consultation Visit Schedule

Family Hubs Consultation Presentation

Video – explaining the proposals and getting involved (extended)

Video – explaining the proposals and getting involved (short version)

Maps to help understand why some of the locations of Family Hubs were chosen:
Warwickshire County map – showing deprivation
Warwickshire County map – showing deprivation and vulnerable families
North Warwickshire Borough and Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough map – showing deprivation and vulnerable families
Rugby Borough map -showing deprivation and vulnerable families
Stratford upon Avon District and Warwick District map -showing deprivation and vulnerable families
North Warwickshire – Community Venue
North Warwickshire – Current Childrens Centres
North Warwickshire – Proposed Family Hubs
Nuneaton and Bedworth – Community Venues
Nuneaton and Bedworth – Current Childrens Centres
Nuneaton and Bedworth – Proposed Family Hubs
Rugby – Community Venues
Rugby – Current Childrens Centres
Rugby – Proposed Family Hubs
Stratford Upon Avon –  Community Venues
Stratford Upon Avon – Current Childrens Centres
Stratford Upon Avon -Proposed Family Hubs
Warwick – Community Venues
Warwick – Current Childrens Centres
Warwick -Proposed Family Hubs
Warwickshire – Community Venues
Warwickshire – Current Childrens Centres
Warwickshire – Proposed Family Hubs

4 Responses to Reshaping Services for Children and Families (0-5 Redesign of Children Centres)

  1. Helen Barclay says:

    My main concern for the new arrangements proposed for children’s services are that they should remain accessible to all communities. Many vulnerable people lacking their own transport won’t access help if they are too far away.

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  3. Julia says:

    The stratford centre is a lifeline to my daughter who has anxiety and depression and finds it hard to get out. The centre is used by a team to give a safe enviroment for them to get together and be teenagers with the supervision of the right kind. Without this service my daughter would be isolated at home as she is deemed unwell to attend school to socialise.

  4. Victoria Flynn says:

    What a shame that Stratford could lose the fantastic services at the Children’s centre. I have used these facilities with all 3 of my children. These services provide mothers with somewhere to take their children to learn, socialise and develope. If these services are taken away it would have a terrible effect on families. Many people rely on the Children’s centre for advice and support especially being first time parents and if they don’t have family around to support them. Please do not close the Children’s Centre!!

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