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Transformation of Early Help Services including Children's Centre Services

Updated Tuesday, 8 August 2017

 

Today, Tuesday, 8 August 2017, Cabinet has approved the proposals for the transformation of early help services as detailed in the Supplementary Cabinet Agenda.

 

The proposals are a result of a comprehensive six-week consultation regarding the transformation of early help services which took place between 31 May and 12 July this year. The consultation included 42 community and professional engagement meetings and resulted in over 900 responses. 

 

Overview

Currently the early years service runs from 19 children's centres and the proposed model recommends that there will be 13 centres in the future. Four of these centres will be new children and family hubs. The hubs will be supported by nine children and family wellbeing centres which will run out of existing children's centres. In addition, there will be outreach work in the community and in people's own homes. This model will allow the council to continue to meet its statutory responsibilities for early childhood services and reduce inequality, targeting the most vulnerable children and families.

 

The children and family hubs will primarily provide multi-agency support to those with greater needs who require additional help and support. The proposed locations for the new hubs are:

  • Gun Lane Children's Centre (All Faiths) Strood and Strood Youth Centre
  • All Saints Chatham (existing children's centre)
  • Wayfield Chatham
  • Woodlands Gillingham

The children and family wellbeing centres will deliver universal health services as well as targeted support based on each community's needs. The proposed sites for the wellbeing centres are at:

  • St James' in Grain
  • Bligh
  • Delce
  • Lordswood
  • Oaklands
  • Saxon Way
  • Hand in Hand Twydall
  • Deanwood
  • Riverside

 

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