Children's Centre Consultation

18th July to 22nd September 2017

Cambridgeshire County Council Consultation on future provision of Children's Centre services (summer 2017)

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched a consultation on its proposals for the future delivery of Children's Centre services.

The consultation runs from 18th July to 22nd September 2017.

Details can be found here. We encourage all parents and families to take part in the consultation.

 

What the proposals mean for Romsey Mill

The proposals for the reconfigured service include the closure of Children’s Centre services delivered by Romsey Mill at Romsey Mill Centre and in Cherry Hinton.

Romsey Mill has three contracts with the County Council to deliver Children’s Centre services and closely related but distinct Teenage Parents Support Services.

Since the announcement, Romsey Mill has arranged meetings with Council officials and elected members to put forward our concerns on behalf of families and about the need for future provision to effectively meet the needs of parents and families.

 

Romsey Mill's response to the consultation

Romsey Mill has published its outline response to the consultation questions, which you can find here.

If you would like to ask any questions of us about the consultation, or would like to share your story of how you have been supported by our Children's Centres, please email: childrenscentre@romseymill.org

 

Our key concerns:

  • Why is Romsey Mill Centre not being considered as a location for proposed child and family services, when it is an outstanding example of how effective such a community hub could be.
  • The proposals to cut Children's Centre funding by a further £1m (having already cut Children’s Centre funding by £1.55m in the last 3 years) do not support the County Council’s strategy to build resilient communities.
  • The cuts don’t make sound financial sense - as the impact of the cuts will immediately start to impact on other public budgets, including the cost of social care for children.
  • There is a no definition of ‘need’ in the consultation, a lack of information about how services would be delivered in the future and by whom, and no acknowledgment of future population growth.
  • In law, a ‘fair’ consultation should take place when proposals are at a ‘formative stage’, give sufficient reasons for any proposal to allow for consideration and response - and adequate time - we are concerned whether this consultation meets these criteria.

 

There are 3 ways you can participate and take action:

1. Sign a petition calling for a halt to the current consultation enabling a more considered approach. Sign here

2. Complete the consultation survey on the Council’s website. Complete the survey here

    To see Romsey Mill’s outline response to consultation questions before completing your own, read this

3. Email County Councillors, to share your concerns directly with them. Find their details here

 

 

Consultation ends 22nd September 2017, so please take action before then. Make your voice heard.