Petition launched to save centres
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