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Transformation of Early Help Services including Children's Centre Services

Medway residents have recently had their say on how early help and children’s centre support should be provided locally.

Please note: The consultation survey has now closed.

Why the service needs to change

The council has £1.6million less to spend on these types of services going forward. This is why early help services and children's centres can't carry on in their current form.

The decrease in money is a result of changes in central government funding arrangements. So now we, in partnership with the community, must come up with new ways of working, rather than allowing the existing 19 children's centres to operate on less funding, and consequently provide a poor, unacceptable level of service.

What we propose

We welcomed ideas and suggestions from residents throughout the consultation, about how quality services can be delivered within the budget available. However, as a starting point, the council has set out its initial proposals on creating a new service which includes four children and family hubs (previously referred to as ‘super hubs’), flexible satellite sites within the community and direct provision at home or in the community.

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Have your say

A six-week consultation, started on Wednesday 31 May, following support from the Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee to give people the opportunity to give their views. This included an online survey, public meetings and visits to the children's centres.

The consultation is now closed. The results will be considered by committees in August.