Pe­ti­tion launched to save cen­tres

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APETITION has been launched to save chil­dren’s cen­tres across Sefton.

This comes af­ter it was an­nounced last month that chil­dren’s and fam­ily cen­tres in the area could be merged, un­der pro­pos­als be­ing con­sid­ered by Sefton Coun­cil.

There are cur­rently 10 chil­dren’s cen­tres through­out Sefton, of­fer­ing a range of fam­ily ser­vices to par­ents, prospec­tive par­ents and young chil­dren, and four fam­ily cen­tres, which of­fer early help ser­vices and tar­geted sup­port to fam­i­lies.

Un­der the pro­pos­als, the over­all num­ber of cen­tres could be re­duced and re­placed by three

Li­naker Chil­dren’s Cen­tre, Sefton Street main Fam­ily and Well­be­ing Cen­tres.

In re­sponse to this an­nounce­ment, an on­line pe­ti­tion has been launched to ‘help save lo­cal chil­dren’s cen­tres’.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple have al­ready signed the pe­ti­tion.

The pe­ti­tion web page states: “South­port chil­dren cen­tre’s saves lives!

“Any­body can be­come vul­ner­a­ble at any time in their life, chil­dren’s cen­tres, fam­ily sup­port work­ers and other pro­fes­sion­als based at cen­tres like Li­naker are noth­ing less than real life su­per­heroes!’’

It adds: “The com­mu­nity, the chil­dren, the par­ents and the pro­fes­sion­als all need the lo­cal chil­dren’s cen­tres.” said: “It is im­per­a­tive that chil­dren in Sefton have the best pos­si­ble start in life and we want to make sure this hap­pens.

“We also have a le­gal duty to en­sure the suf­fi­cient pro­vi­sion of Chil­dren’s Cen­tres to meet the sup­port needs of all lo­cal par­ents and car­ers, prospec­tive par­ents and chil­dren from 0-19.

“This will not change but we need to tar­get ser­vices to­wards those that need them most and where they are needed most.

“The con­sul­ta­tion closes on Novem­ber 17 so please take the time to give us your views and ideas to help shape how ser­vices can look in the fu­ture.”

To get in­volved visit sefton.gov. uk and click on the ‘take part in a con­sul­ta­tion’ tab.

Once col­lated, cabi­net should be ready to con­sider the con­sul­ta­tion re­sponse in De­cem­ber.

The coun­cil is launch­ing a con­sul­ta­tion to gain the pub­lic’s opin­ion on the fu­ture of the ser­vices in Sefton.

The con­sul­ta­tion con­sid­ers dif­fer­ent ways to make sure fam­i­lies who use the ser­vices get the right sup­port for the right is­sue at the right time by creat­ing 0-19 Fam­ily Well­be­ing ser­vice cen­tres.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren, schools and safe­guard­ing, Cllr John Joseph Kelly

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