Cabinet to consider Children and Family Wellbeing Service proposal

Thursday, November 01, 2018

A revised proposal to change the way the Children and Family Wellbeing Service is delivered will be considered by the county council's cabinet on Thursday 8 November.

In June, the county council ran a consultation with people and partner organisations on a proposal to reduce the number of buildings used to deliver the service and work within the community in a more flexible way.

The way the service is delivered has changed in recent years with more demand for direct support in people's homes, and using other locations within the community.

Following a detailed appraisal, a list was put together proposing premises where Children and Family Wellbeing services should no longer be delivered.

The initial proposal was to:
• Continue to deliver these services at 57 buildings
• No longer deliver the services at 19 buildings

Following detailed analysis and consideration of the responses from the consultation, Cabinet is being asked to approve the revised proposals:
• the Children and Family Wellbeing Service will continue to deliver services from 50 of the buildings
• the Children & Family Wellbeing Service will no longer deliver services from 12 of the premises
• 14 of the buildings will be subject to further consideration following the meeting. This will take into account the cost of building adaptations needed to accommodate future Children and Family Wellbeing Service delivery.

Louise Taylor, executive director of adult services, health and wellbeing, said: "We continue to be fully committed to providing the best services we can, particularly to people who are in most need of our support.

"The Children and Family Wellbeing Service is a key part of this. However, people use the service in different ways. We now provide support to more people directly in their homes and many activities are provided at different community venues such as community halls and libraries.

"If approved, this revised proposal would mean the service will become more people-focused rather than buildings based.

"The county council's cabinet will now consider the proposal at its next meeting."

To find out more about this decision, search for agenda item 10 at: http://council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=7454

The further proposals on the remaining 14 buildings will be presented to cabinet separately at a future meeting.

Tagged as: Children, Education and Families Health and Social Care


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