Hampshire County Council is asking for the views of service users, other stakeholders and members of the public, on a proposed new Family Support Service for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to age 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities). This would involve the development of a single service which would bring together the work of children’s centres, Early Help Hubs (including Youth Support Services) and align with the Supporting Troubled Families Programme to provide a joined-up, whole-family service to those who have high levels of need but do not meet the threshold for statutory social care.
How to have your say
The Family Support Service consultation document 336 kB contains more details on the proposals. You can have your say on these proposals by clicking here or alternatively, to obtain a paper copy of the questionnaire by post, contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation will close at midday on 3 May 2016.
The Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, will consider the feedback from this consultation when making a decision about whether or not to go ahead with the proposal at his Decision Day on Friday 1 July 2016.
Hampshire County Council will also be hosting a number of awareness raising events for parents, carers and other stakeholders, where Children’s Services staff will be on hand to answer questions and queries. There is one event in each of Hampshire’s 11 districts as follows.
Winchester: 14 March, 2.30–4.30pm, Hope Church, Middle Brook Centre
Gosport: 15 March, 9.30–11.30am, Gosport Community Association
Eastleigh: 17 March, 4.30–6.30pm, Wells Centre
New Forest: 22 March, 9.30–11.30am, Lyndhurst Community Centre
Hart: 24 March, 1–3pm, Harlington Centre
Rushmoor: 24 March, 4.30–6.30pm, Samuel Cody Sports College
Test Valley: 13 April, 9.30–11.30 am, The Lights
Fareham: 14 April, 1–3pm, Fareham Community Church
Basingstoke: 19 April, 1–3pm, Popley Fields Community Centre
East Hants: 20 April, 9.30–11.30am, Alton Community Centre
Havant: 21 April, 1–3pm, Waterlooville Community Centre