Reshaping Services for Children and Families (Children’s Centre Consultation)

Reshaping  services for children and families in Warwickshire

Your frequent queries answered can be found here.  The consultation closes at midday on Monday 11th September so there’s still plenty of opportunity to complete the survey and have your say on the proposal.

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 familyhubs@warwickshire.gov.uk or phone 01926 742350.

As of 26th July, 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 any questions about the consultation or require more information please call 01926 742350 or contact us via familyhubs@warwickshire.gov.uk

Related documents

Equality Impact Assessment

Children’s Centre Consultation Frequent Queries

Reshaping Services o children and families

Consultation Visit Schedule

Family Hubs Consultation Presentation

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/smartstart

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2 Responses to Reshaping Services for Children and Families (Children’s Centre Consultation)

  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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