Ted, 16, leads pe­ti­tion against NHS takeover of chil­dren’s cen­tre

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

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

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