Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Committee to review next steps in Early Help service redesign proposals

People can watch the meeting live on our website


Released: Wednesday, 7 June 2021

Changes to the Early Help redesign proposals will be taken to the scrutiny committee meeting on 20 July.

Early Help staff work with children and families who are facing any number of challenging circumstances and help ensure every child has a safe environment in which to thrive.

1,948 people (including 301 children and young people) responded to the 10-week public consultation which ran from 8 March to 17 May 2021 and included five online consultation events.

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their views and ideas as part of the consultation.

“The public consultation has been an important part of the process in redesigning our Early Help services. We’ve listened to the views of the public, including children and young people, parents and carers, our partners, and past and present service users. Their feedback and insight helped us re-shape our proposals in a way that will best support the service to meet future challenges together with our communities.”

A number of changes are being put forward as part of the proposal. A summary of these changes is:

• To increase the number of retained Children and Family Centres from 11 to 12
• To increase the ‘find it out’ offer to young people allowing for daily appointments at a location to suit the young person
• Early Help will continue to offer some specific group work when there is an identified need
• Dedicated staffing in Children and Family Centres will be responsible for publicising services so people know how to get the support they need

The scrutiny committee will review the updated proposals on 20 July 2021 and will make recommendations on the proposals to help Cabinet Members in making their decision.

On Tuesday 27 July 2021, Cabinet Members will meet to vote on whether to approve the Early Help service offer. If this is agreed, it is anticipated that staff consultation on the proposals will begin in September with the new model being implemented in December.

Full papers can be viewed here on our website, where you can also watch the meeting via the live webcast.

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