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Your views to be gathered on future of children’s and youth centres

Published: Friday, 10th January 2020

We want to hear your views on the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s plans to transform early help services into integrated, one-stop family hubs.

The proposals could see local resources refocussed to support our most vulnerable children, young people and families, helping to reduce the need for statutory intervention. 

The plans, if approved, will see services being run by children’s centres, youth centres, parenting service, health visitors, school nurses and the family resilience service bought together into one stop “family hubs” so that residents accessing this support can get all the help they need in one place. The hubs will provide services to children aged between 0-19 and up to 25 years for young people with a learning difficulty or disability.

The proposed model focusses on using high footfall centres more intensively and responsive outreach work to replace the reliance on a static and inflexible timetable led programme, allowing our resources to keep pace with the needs of our most vulnerable residents. 

The consultation is available online or you can attend a variety of consultation sessions in children centres. 

Dates, time and venues

  • Monday 13 January 2020 - 9.30am-11am - Woodlands Park Children's Centre, Manifold Way, Maidenhead, SL6 3GW.
  • Tuesday 21 January 2020 - 1pm-2.30pm - Windsor Youth Talk, 65 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD.
  • Monday 3 February 2020 - 7pm-8.30pm - Pinkneys Green Youth & Community Centre, 90 Blenheim Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5HE.
  • Saturday 8 February 2020 - 10.30am-Midday - Datchet Children’s Centre, The Green, Datchet, SL3 9EJ.
  • Saturday 22 February 2020 - 10.30am-Midday - Riverside Children’s Centre, West Dean, Maidenhead, SL6 7JB.
  • Wednesday 4 March 2020 - 6pm-7.30pm - The Manor, Hanover Way, Windsor, SL4 5NW.
  • Wednesday 18 March 2020 - Midday-1.30pm - All Souls’ Church Hall, Church Road, South Ascot, SL5 9DP.

Councillor Stuart Carroll, lead member for adult social care, children’s services, health and mental health, says: “We need to ensure that we provide the right services in the right places for our children, young people and their parents and careers. 

“This consultation is about hearing your views on our children’s centres and youth services so we can ensure that they provide the targeted supported needed by some of our most vulnerable residents.

“We want to gather your views about the services and how we can make the changes and improvements to the service we offer. 

“The transformation will focus our delivery on the most vulnerable children and young people, driving high levels of efficiency and creating a sustainable service which strengthens families.”

The proposals to transform early help services into integrated, one-stop family hubs stem from the discussion paper published by the Children’s Commissioner and the subsequent Health and Social Care Select Committee report which highlights the potential of the first 1,000 days of life.

Their report reflects the council’s priority to ensure the most vulnerable in our community are supported in a way that makes it easier for them to access the right services regardless of how they are provided. 

Several other councils including Buckinghamshire, Bracknell Forest and Hampshire have already made this change and have found it to provide an effective service for residents. 

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