Have your say on proposals to improve support for vulnerable families
Gloucestershire County Council is asking local people for their views on proposed changes to services for vulnerable families with young children.
Nationally there is a shortage of social workers and more children in care than ever before. The council announced in December that £3.7million would be spent on recruiting more social workers. Alongside this investment, the council has been working with its partners on a proposal to re-focus services to support the county's most vulnerable families. Local people are being asked for their views as part of a public consultation.
Plans include creating 16 children and family centres in the areas of greatest need where staff from different organisations will work together to support families. The remaining 30 centres will be used for services such as early education and childcare.
The council is also proposing to expand the age range from 0 to 5 years old to 0 to 11, and create a support service for voluntary and community groups who want to get more involved in running services.
The plans also describe how the council wants to build on an already high quality health visiting service by working closer with family support and midwives.
Councillor Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and families, said: "We want to ensure that services for families and young children support those who are most in need. These proposals target help for the most vulnerable and develop flexible community based support.
"The opportunity to build on our strong partnerships, invest in social workers and create 'super' centres is exciting and we're very keen to listen to the publics before any decisions are made."
The consultation is open until 11th April 2016 and residents can respond online or by coming along to one of the drop in sessions that are being held in various locations across the county over the next three months: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/familyservices.