People are urged to have their say on plans to bring together a range of ‘early help’ and prevention support into one, new-style service.
We've launched a 12-week consultation 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.
People who use the services, residents, councils, the NHS, schools and other partners and stakeholders are encouraged to comment
The consultation runs from 22 January - 22 April.
- Find out more about the proposals and comment
- For more information, or to request a paper copy of the consultation, call 0116 305 3416
- The Family Wellbeing Service would run from five hubs and 10 centres – support would also be provided in people’s homes and in other community venues.
- The preferred locations for the five hubs are: Loughborough: - (Preferred - Mountfields SLF Centre – Loughborough), Hinckley: - (Preferred - Hinckley East Children’s/Contact Centre), Wigston:- (Preferred - Wigston Magna Children’s Centre), Melton:- (Preferred - Venture House SLF Centre) and Coalville:- (Preferred - Greenhills SLF centre).
- The preferred locations for the 10 outreach centres are: Earl Shilton:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Shepshed:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Thurmaston:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Lutterworth:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Market Harborough:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Huncote:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Castle Donington:- (Preferred - Northern Parishes Children’s Centre), Measham:- (Preferred - Children’s Centre), Loughborough:- (Preferred - Loughborough Children’s/Contact Centre), Coalville:- (Preferred - Coalville Children’s/Contact Centre).
- If possible, the 25 buildings no longer needed would be used by other groups such as nurseries.
Rolled out nationally in 2003, there are 36 across the county. The centres provide health and learning support to families for pre-school children - particularly for babies, younger children and parents who need additional help and assistance.
Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF)
SLF is a nationally-acclaimed service which helps people tackle a range of issues including drugs, truancy, unemployment, domestic violence, health problems and anti-social behaviour.
It brings together services from county and district councils, the police, the NHS and other organisations, reducing the need for families to deal with several different agencies.
It’s on course to support 3,300 families by 2020 - last year, it helped 70 per cent of the families it supported to make positive progress and is in the top five per cent of councils nationally.
Youth Offending Service (YOS)
The YOS works with young people to prevent offending and re-offending. The team work with children and young people on pre-court outcomes (Youth Caution and Youth Conditional Caution) as well as post-court outcomes (Referral Orders, Youth Rehabilitation Orders and Detention and Training Orders and Section 90/91 custodial sentences). It also provides preventative support to reduce the number of children and young people coming into the criminal justice system.
Early help information, support and assessment
The service assesses support requests, delivers parenting and behaviour support, signposts people to special educational needs and disability support and provides support for young people with mental health difficulties.