Public could have their say on strategy for family support

MEMBERS of the public could be asked for their views on a strategy which ensures the best possible support is available for the most vulnerable families in the county.
East Sussex County Council’s lead member for children and families will be asked to approve a 10-week public consultation on the draft Early Help Strategy at a meeting on Monday, May 20. In a context of reducing council budgets, the draft strategy aims to safeguard services which help prevent vulnerable families’ problems escalating into crisis and support all young families with pre-school services integrated with Health Visiting.
With greater focus on services, a smaller network of Children’s Centres would be maintained, while some services, groups and courses would be delivered in alternative buildings within the community or, as happens currently, within the family home. Stuart Gallimore, director of children’s services at East Sussex County Council, said: “With reductions in Government funding and greater demand for services, it is vital that we use our limited resources in areas where they will do the most for the people of East Sussex, particularly our most vulnerable families. “The proposals put forward will help us target our support to more than 2,100 families at risk of crisis each year and 500 vulnerable young people, and continue to offer support to all families of pre-school children.”
If approved, the consultation on the draft Early Help Strategy will launch on Tuesday, May 21 and run until Monday, July 29.