At the heart of Bold Steps for Kent is the need to change the way we work, not only to improve our own services, but also to reflect the changing shape of wider public services. Increasingly, those directly responsible for delivering front line services will be empowered to design and commission services that better fit the needs of parents, children and communities. Therefore, we must adopt an approach that is both inclusive and sees prevention and intervention as a continuum so that it is never deemed too late to positively intervene and prevent the deterioration in an individual child or young person’s circumstances.
The Children’s Centres review supports 4 of the BS4K priorities
· Improve how we procure and commission services
· Support the transformation of health and social care in Kent
· Ensure all pupils meet their full potential
· Improve services for the most vulnerable people in Kent
Action on Health Visiting Programme (designed to define and implement an improved health visiting service and an expanded health visiting workforce to deliver improved health and social outcomes for children), sets out its intention to deliver improved outcomes through delivery of a public health and Healthy Child Programme aligned service for children aged 0-5 years and their families.
Kent’s Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy (August 2012)
http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/UserFiles/CW/File/Childrens_Services/JCU/Item_2a_-_Kent_EIP_Strat_v2_August_2012.pdf sets out the following priority relating to Children’s Centres in Kent:
To strengthen the working relationship between children’s centres, early years settings and schools in order to improve the quality of early year’s education improve readiness to learn and ensure young children and their families in need of early support can access this at the earliest point
Financial Implications: Delivery of MTP efficiency savings of at least £ 1.5 million in 2014/15
Legal Implications: All actions comply with Childcare act 2006 , Sure Start Statutory Guidance , Health and Social Care Act 2012 and DfE capital ‘clawback’ -Local authorities must notify and consult with the Department of Education, about any plan to transfer, dispose of, or change the use of buildings or any other tangible fixed assets which has a current market value of more than £2,500. http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/s/capital%20guidance.pdf
Equality Implications: EIAs completed in respect of all affected Centres and on implications of decision on staff
Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?
Yes - Strategic Commissioning 2013/14
Decision type: Key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/10/2013
December - Social Care and Public Health and Committee
launch of consultation - 12th June 2013
During consultation period – 4th October 2013
End of consultation period – 5th October 2013
consultation planned or undertaken:
The Childcare Act 2006 requires Local Authorities to consult with stakeholders before opening, closing or significantly changing children’s centres and to secure sufficient provision to meet local need so far as is reasonably practicable.
Statutory 12 (13) week consultation as per Statutory Guidance
Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision?
Ashford - Andrew Wickham , Mike Angell
Canterbury - Michael Northey , John Simmonds , Nicholas Bond , Brian MacDowall , Alan Marsh , Mark Dance ,Mike Harrison
Swale - Tom Gates ,Lee Burgess , Roger Truelove, Adrian Crowther
Dartford - Ann Allen ,Tom Maddison
Gravesham - Sue Howes , Narinderjit Thandi , Bryan Sweetland
Shepway - David Baker , Frank McKenna , Susan Carey , Matthew Whybrow
Dover- Mike Eddy,Eileen Rowbotham , Pam Brivio , Gordon Cowan
Maidstone - Eric Hotson , Paulina Stockell
Sevenoaks - Richard Parry , David Brazier
Tonbridge and Malling - Matthew Balfour , Trudy Dean
Tunbridge Wells - Chris Hoare , John Davies
Thanet - Roger Latchford , Alan Terry , Zita Wiltshire , Jeff Elenor
Financial implications: Lead officer: Karen Mills , FSC, Strategic Commissioning ( Children's ) 01622 694531 firstname.lastname@example.org Lead Director: Andrew Ireland Andrew. Ireland@kent.gov.uk
Legal implications: 13/00067
Equalities implications: Meets financial and significance criteria