Chil­dren’s ser­vices stay

Macclesfield Express - - DRUGS MENACE -

THE coun­cil has stated all fam­ily ser­vices will re­main at Bro­ken Cross Chil­dren’s Cen­tre af­ter a shake-up.

Cheshire East has been draw­ing up plans to ‘de-des­ig­nate’ the cen­tre to con­cen­trate on run­ning mo­bile ser­vices in­stead. Bosses have in­sisted they are not clos­ing the cen­tre, as well as those in Knutsford, Sand­bach and Nantwich, but cam­paign­ers have com­plained it’s been un­clear how the cen­tres will be run.

Now Cheshire East has an­nounced that Wir­ral Com­mu­nity NHS Trust will lease the cen­tre and run ser­vices along­side the coun­cil’s fam­ily team. There will be no change to the cur­rent pro­gramme of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

The only no­tice­able change will be that the build­ing will not be staffed by Cheshire East staff out­side of the chil­dren cen­tres ses­sions, in­stead the trust, which pro­vides chil­dren’s health ser­vices for Cheshire East, will em­ploy staff to man­age front of house tasks and book­ings.

It will con­tinue to op­er­ate in part­ner­ship with Cheshire East’s chil­dren’s cen­tre and mid­wifery staff to pro­duce ser­vices, clin­ics and groups for lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Coun Liz Durham, Cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said: “Cheshire East Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that those chil­dren and fam­i­lies who are in great­est need re­ceive the sup­port they re­quire through a mod­ernised chil­dren’s ser­vice that de­liv­ers the right ser­vice in the right place and at the right time.

“Cheshire East has lis­tened to peo­ple and their con­cerns through­out this con­sul­ta­tion and has now briefed lo­cal elected mem­bers on the pro­pos­als.

“Th­ese pro­pos­als for re­vised ser­vice de­liv­ery will al­low the Coun­cil to build fur­ther on its as­pi­ra­tions for a far more ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of ser­vices.”

Maeve Kelly, of cam­paign group Friends of Cheshire East Chil­dren’s Sure Start Cen­tres, said: “We do not feel Cheshire East should be us­ing the guise of aus­ter­ity to fun­nel money away from towns where th­ese cen­tres are needed to priv­i­lege those in ru­ral ar­eas. The coun­cil says it’s not clos­ing the cen­tres but they are not say­ing that they won’t close them to­mor­row. We have a num­ber of ar­gu­ments why we be­lieve this is a slow kill off of the cen­tres.”

Heyes road, will con­tinue to run ser­vices

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