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Local authority commissioned early help services in Worcestershire

Local authority commissioned early help services in Worcestershire are currently in a period of change. This includes changes to the occupiers of some of our Children's Centres and a further period of transition as the use of those buildings evolves.

Further information will be available in each of the Children's Centres and from people working across a range of services supporting children, young people and families. The information on this webpage will also be updated as timetables are confirmed for 2017.

As well as the sessions run through children's centres, Parenting and Family Support providers (previously known as Early Help providers) are delivering evidence-based parenting support in a variety of ways including parenting programmes, 1:1 support, group discussion and telephone support by qualified parenting practitioners. As well as parenting support, providers are also delivering targeted family support and support to those young people who are most at risk of leaving education and becoming unemployed. These services are complemented by other prevention and early help services including school funded family support services, Stronger Families and Positive Activities as well as those services provided by the voluntary and community sector.

In relation to health visitor and midwives appointments and checks - both midwifery and health visitors see all women/babies as part of the national Healthy Child Programme. The reviews can be undertaken at home, in clinic or a community setting and these reviews will continue to be delivered in a variety of settings including some Children's Centres. More information can be found on the Health and Care Trust website.

Universal activity sessions such as 'Stay and Play' and support sessions such as breastfeeding groups are currently delivered in a variety of settings (not only the buildings known as Children's Centres) and by a variety of providers. Work is underway to support these sessions (where previously delivered or funded by Early Help providers and/or delivered in Children's Centre buildings) to continue to operate – again this information will be updated as details for 2017 are made available.

All centres will making available information and advice on a range of issues including organisations that can support children and families who are in need of support with domestic abuse, housing, debt and parenting.

If you have a query about a specific provision or want to check out information posted elsewhere on social media or websites please email and we will get an answer back to you as soon as possible.

Statement on the changes to Children's Centres and local authority-commissioned early help services:

Have a listen to what Upton Primary School head teacher Julie Wills has to say about taking on Riverboats Children's Centre.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said:

Our plans for early help services in Worcestershire will result in a greater focus on providing support to those children and families who need it most. Within our plans none of our Children's Centres will be closing and we are confident that the changes that we are making will help to improve overall outcomes for all children.

We have 32 children's centres in the county and we will continue to have 32 children's centres in Worcestershire. Already 70% of those Children's Centres where changes are being made have formally moved into their new arrangements and the use of these buildings will continue to evolve. Talks are under way with the remaining centres to agree and formalise the future arrangements. We are on track with our plans.

In the meantime we are working with all concerned to ensure that, where appropriate, services in these children's centres are able to continue with the least possible disruption.

Children's Centre buildings consultation

The formal consultation on the future use of 18 children's centre buildings in Worcestershire has now closed. Thank you to all those who took part and provided feedback.

View the outcome and final decisions of the Children's Centre buildings consultation

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