Agenda item

Future of Family Centres - Outcome of Consultation and Recommendations


The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Children and Public Health, by way of pre-Cabinet Scrutiny. The Committee considered the results of the public consultation and provided comments and feedback on the presented options.


The People Scrutiny Committee discussed the outcome of the consultation and proposals and raised a number of questions specifically regarding timetabling of activities and locations of family centres.


Following the discussion the People Scrutiny Committee agreed with the original recommendations set out in the report subject to the following amendments:


·       To reference that the timetable presented is a sample of what activities could be offered for each of the sites.

·       Noted an error in the report when referencing paragraphs 3.12 to 3.19; these should have read paragraphs 3.11 to 3.17, updated recommendations below. (in relation to 2.3)


A report was produced as an addendum to item 9 ‘Future of Family Centres – Outcome of Consultation and Recommendations’ of the published Cabinet agenda pack of 4 March 2024 to provide further clarity following pre-cabinet scrutiny undertaken by the People Scrutiny Committee held on 27 February 2024.


It is recommended that Cabinet: 

1.     Note the outcome of the public consultation which also engaged with delivery partners and local agencies, attached as Appendix 1.


2.     Approve the proposed new Family Centre model described (a sample of what activities could be offered for each of the eight sites is presented in appendix Z6 of the main report attached as Appendix 1) in this report in sub-sections 3.11 to 3.17 and with more details in Appendix 1.


3.     Note that if Cabinet approves recommendation 2.2 and the proposed new Family Centre offer, it will deliver an efficiency of £350,000 against the Family Centre budget.




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