Stop the closure of Warwickshires childrens centres
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The Warwickshire County Labour group are extremely concerned about the Tory Administrations proposals to close all of the Children’s Centres across Warwickshire in 2018. The Tories propose to replace the 39 Centres with a handful of Hubs across the county.
"It's worth spelling out that families will no longer have access to the locality based services including:
• Free advice & information Family Support drop in sessions,
• Stay and play sessions staffed by trained and experienced professionals;
• Access to professional support for help with issues of debt, housing, homelessness, returning to education and work; as well as a wide range of parenting and behaviour management courses and individual services...
"In addition to these universal services our local children’s centre staff spend a significant proportion of their time and energy supporting families where children are at risk of being removed, or being made subject to Child Protection plans. Staff work hard towards encouraging families to be more resilient by helping them develop their parenting skills."
The Labour group is alarmed that without this layer of support and safeguarding, many children may slip through the net and be at much greater risk of being taken into the care system without children’s Centre support.
There are also proposed staffing cuts of support staff who currently support priority families. Which all most certainly lead to increasing numbers of children been taken into care which will have major financial implications that the Tories seem to have overlooked.
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