Have your say on possible closures to children’s services

THE consultation on improvements to children’s public health services, children’s centres and support for families has begun and Thurrock Council would like to hear from those who use and work in the servicesFollowing the announcement of the Council’s ambitious plans to integrate services, parents, young people and professionals are being asked to have their say on the proposed services.Through a mixture of children’s centres, health centres schools and community-based services, the help and support offered will be more joined-up and family centred.Views are specifically being sought on the health services for children and young people aged 0-19, children’s centres and support for families in need of additional help.As part of the consultation, a number of drop-in sessions, presentations and question and answer sessions have been arranged across the borough. There will also be a session designed for those aged 10 to 19 as well as one for children and young people with disabilities.A dedicated survey for parents and professionals and one designed specifically for young people aged 10 to 19 have been published online.Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, said: “As we move forward with these important improvements to services, I want to make sure everyone has their say.”In this extensive consultation process, we want to hear from local residents especially parents, carers and service users young people aged 10 to 19 and professionals working with families.”I hope everyone has their say on how these vital services are developed. For full details on how residents can have their say on the consultation, please visit thurrock.gov.uk/children. The consultation ends on 4 December.

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