Ted, 16, leads petition against NHS takeover of children’s centre
CAMPAIGNERS have been gathering support from shoppers against plans to transfer the running of Broken Cross Children’s Centre from the council to an NHS Trust.
Ted Wall, 16, from Friends of Cheshire East Children’s Sure Start Centres, led efforts to gather signatures against council proposals to ‘dedesignate’ the centre, meaning it will no longer be classed as a council children’s centre.
Instead Wirral Community NHS Trust will lease the centre and run services.
But Maeve Kelly, from the group, said they still have concerns over the long-term future, adding: “We worry the Wirral Community NHS Trust is only there temporarily and de-designation means Ofsted will no longer be inspecting the centre which will affect quality.”
A Cheshire East spokesman said it can see no reason why Wirral Community Trust would pull out adding: “The provider will always need bases to deliver services from.
“The Department for Education announced last summer that Children’s Centre Ofsted inspections are paused. Oversight and scrutiny will continue to be provided by the management boards on which both partners and parents are represented.”
●» Ted Wall with his petition