Closure of children’s centres is a possibility
Review to look at making facilities more efficient and targeted
A review into the way the Families Support Service is run will be looking at new ways of making the centres more efficient and targeted for those families that really need them, in light of the budget Bucks approved in February.
It will focus on the role of the 35 children’s centres across the county and the services they provide.
They will also look at how social care impacts upon children’s development with the hope that families avoid the need for social care in the future.
Cabinet member for education and skills, Zahir Mohammed said he was looking for a model that saved money and targeted the people that would really benefit from the support they provide.
He said: “Our children’s centres are extremely popular in their local communities but it’s my job to make sure that they deliver services that are focussed on those children and families who really need help.
“We face difficult decisions, but if we don’t provide a more targeted service, we won’t achieve the savings we need to make - this is the reality of the difficult budget decisions the council had to make back in February. A do-nothing approach is not an option.”
He added: “At this early stage I can’t rule out options which might include possible closures in some areas, however I will ensure we explore all the different ways that they could continue going forward.”
The review will include looking at variations in need across the county and how these could be better met, good practice nationally and globally, how buildings could be better used and how savings and more income could be made. The review will also take account of the views of users and professional providers.
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