Children & Family Wellbeing Service Consultation24th of August, 2020
Lancashire County Council is asking for views on its proposal to reduce the number of buildings where the Children and Family Wellbeing Service is based and work more flexibly in the community.
LCC is committed to providing the best services we can to the people of Lancashire, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities. However, the council's financial position remains extremely challenging and we need to look at how we can do things differently whilst still providing support to those who need our help.
As you know, the service supports children, young people, parents and families and prioritises those most in need, particularly where we think that early help will make the biggest difference. We have looked at evidence of how the service makes a difference to people and how it can become more effective. To do this we will focus on providing support direct to people where possible and include the use of community settings where best. This will enable us to become more people focused rather than building based.
LCC is proposing to cease delivering the service from 19 buildings whilst retaining service delivery in 57 buildings. The other services delivered in these buildings will not be affected by our proposals.
LCC will also commission a 12-19 years youth offer through the voluntary, community and faith sector to support our delivery of services to young people across Lancashire.
LCC is launching the consultation at 11am today (Wednesday 6 June) and it will run until Friday 3 August. Visit http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or printed questionnaires will be available in the buildings where children and wellbeing services are delivered.
In addition, LCC will be holding a number of focus groups across the county for the people we support to share their views and will be run by an independent facilitator. We will also be consulting staff, county councillors and other interested parties.
After considering feedback received during the consultation period, the council's Cabinet is due to make a decision on a final set of proposals in October.
We welcome your views and feedback.