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Cabinet to discuss young people's care services

PUBLISHED: 10:08 11 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:08 11 November 2015

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A meeting of Bexley Council's cabinet will discuss measures to prevent children and young people going into the care of their local authority

Cabinet members at Bexley Council will discuss changes to children and young people’s services next week.

On November 17, the cabinet will discuss changes which could help children and young people avoid the risk of going into care, by providing early help.

Among the pilot programmes already introduced, is the ‘Family Wellbeing Service’ which assists families where there is known violence, parental/carer mental ill health, substance misuse or a child at risk of, or already excluded from school.

The changes will see two of the borough’s fourteen children’s centres close.

Under the changes, centre’s will be given new roles as part of the service, with St Augustine’s, West Street and Danson children’s centres become the main hubs providing Family and Wellbeing services.

If the cabinet agrees upon the proposals, the changes will begin on April 1 2016.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Philip Read said: “This is an innovative proposal. Since the consultation on our previous proposals in March and April much work has gone into looking at how our proposals can both accommodate the views expressed then as well as the new requirement to provide additional childcare places for eligible working parents.

“All this of course is against the backdrop of continually reduced funding.

“We need to make sure that we protect services for those families, children and young people that are most vulnerable whilst examining ways of providing them more efficiently.

“In other words we have to look at where our services are needed most and exactly what are the most pressing service needs.”

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