New plan to set out support for families in West Sussex

Residents being asked to help shape a new 'Families Plan' for the county

Last updated:
27 July 2015

How could opportunities and experiences for families be improved in West Sussex?
That’s the question West Sussex County Council and its partners are asking as they create a new ‘Families Plan’ for the county.
The County Council is working with District and Borough Councils, Sussex Police and NHS colleagues on the plan which will outline how the organisations will work together to support children, young people and families to thrive and prosper.
Central to development of the plan is ensuring the voice of sector leaders, young people, families and the wider children and young people’s workforce is heard and included in shaping the ambitions of the plan.
A series of workshops and meetings have already been held with sector leaders, a range of professionals and volunteers from the public and third sector.
The County Council now wants to hear from residents and the wider children’s workforce via a short survey.
The survey can be found at and runs until 4 August 2015.

Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “By taking part in this short survey you will help us to understand what you think should be a priority and where we should focus our resources to support children, young people and families in West Sussex.”

The results will be collated and will feature as an annex to the draft Families Plan. The draft plan will be available in early September 2015 and will undergo a further round of consultation before it is presented for final approval and publishing in December 2015.
Peter added: “We very much look forward to hearing what our residents and children’s workforce identify as the key priorities for improving life chances and opportunities for children, young people and families and going forward working together to translate these into our shared commissioning priorities.”
The plan will cover the period 2015 – 2020.

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