Special events are being held to help residents find out more about plans to bring together a range of ‘early help’ and prevention support into one, new-style service.
We're consulting on proposals to merge Children’s Centres, Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF), Youth Offending Service (YOS) and Information, Support and Assessment teams into a Family Wellbeing Service.
The services tackle problems at an early stage and by preventing problems growing, help to reduce the need for the police or social care to get involved.
The new service would:
• support vulnerable children aged 0-19 and their families
• run from 15 buildings across the county – a reduction of 25, including 24 children’s centres – and include support delivered in people’s homes and other community venues.
• reduce costs by £3.8m. This is made up £1.5m of council budget reductions and £2.3m from the council, partners and the Government, which might not be able to continue if Government funding for the Troubled Families Programme is ended.
Helping the most vulnerable families is key and the proposed new service would ensure they receive the specialist, tailored support they need.Person:Councillor Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families
Although bringing together these services would help us to tackle problems at an early stage more effectively, it does mean that fewer people would receive support.
That’s why we’re committed to understanding the impact. We’ve carried out a lot of work analysing options but it’s important now to hear the views of residents, and I’d encourage people to have their say.