Next steps in the Early Help Service redesign

 

Released: 30 September 2021

Early Help is moving towards a more flexible service, maximising resources out in the community to reach the most vulnerable children, young people and families in West Sussex.

Early help is about taking action to help a family tackle their problems before they become more difficult to reverse. This new approach is about our teams reaching out to support vulnerable children, young people and families in home and school settings where they feel most comfortable.

The following 12 Children and Family Centres, all of which include our Find it Out offer for 13-25 year olds, remain open on a permanent basis:

• Chichester Children and Family Centre
• Bognor Regis (The Treehouse) Children and Family Centre
• Littlehampton Children and Family Centre
• Shoreham (Kingston Buci) Children and Family Centre
• Lancing Children and Family Centre
• Durrington Children and Family Centre
• Footprints Children and Family Centre (Lyndhurst site in Worthing)
• Footprints Children and Family Centre (Worthing Community Hub site)
• Horsham (The Needles) Children and Family Centre
• Bewbush Children and Family Centre
• Broadfield Children and Family Centre
• Haywards Heath Children and Family Centre

As part of the new approach, Early Help services to the public will be withdrawn from the following five centres. The last day they will be open is 29 October 2021.

• Yapton (The Villages) Children and Family Centre
• Billingshurst Children and Family Centre
• East Grinstead Children and Family Centre
• Selsey Children and Family Centre
• Langley Green Children and Family Centre in Crawley

There are currently 26 centres which have been closed since the start of the pandemic whilst services have been delivered directly into the community. These will not re-open and will be vacated by 20 December 2021. This follows a ten-week public consultation earlier this year and Cabinet approval of the service redesign in July.

Further details about Children and Family Centres in West Sussex and the services provided can be found on our website.

Find it Out provides information, advice and guidance for young people aged 13-25.

All libraries in West Sussex have re-opened for families, offering a place to visit, books to borrow and support for getting online. Free Rhyme Times and other events are gradually being restarted, plus some libraries have toy collections available for families to borrow from. Visit or contact your local library to find out what’s available in your area.

  • If you have any concerns about a child or young person, please phone: 01403 229900 (Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm)
  • If you require the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) outside of office hours (5.00pm-9.00am weekdays) or at weekends and bank holidays, please call 033 022 26664.
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