UPDATE Sept 2016: We are now asking for your views on this as part of a consultation – have your say by 22nd November 2016.
Over the last 18 months, we have been thinking about new ways to provide support to children, young people and families across the district. And now we’re ready to share these ideas publicly so people can share their views.
The results of our recent budget consultation showed big support for helping people with the greatest need and so the new proposals have been designed to do that. It’s about developing an offer with partners and communities to support people with low level health and social care needs, ensuring they stay well and get the right help when they need it the most. The intention is that this will delay or prevent the need for more costly services in the future.
Cllr Erin Hill, Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection, said “Support for children, young people and families is a council priority and we are totally committed to making sure all of our services remain available to those who need them the most – no matter what age. However, in the future this will have to be done differently and there will be a change to what is delivered in our communities.
“Helping people earlier rather than later is better for everyone. It isn’t just about financial savings – it’s about improving the way we work, supporting local people and the positive difference that can be made when we all work together. It’s very important to note that we will always help children and families who need extra support, for example where there are child protection concerns – this is top of our priority list.”
Get involved and have your say by 7th August
Read the proposals on our It’s Time to Talk website and fill in the online questionnaire. You can also email your thoughts to us or pick up a booklet from a council office and complete the paper questionnaire at the back.