Future of Bromley Children's Centres Back to Bromley Council News
8 September 2011
UPDATE: The consultation outcomes were discussed at the Children and Young People Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Tuesday 6 September. The recommendations now being proposed are:
- to maintain the six identified Children and Family Centres, as set out in paragraph 3.2.3, in the areas of deprivation across Bromley, whilst achieving the required saving;
- to approve the suggested alternative options for the other 12 Children and Family Centres as set out in paragraphs 3.2.11 – 3.2.23, subject to additional consultations or tender
exercises required to enable the de-designation and change of use of those Children and Family Centres.
The report states:
"The proposal for three Children and Family Centres, of which only two would provide universal services, would result in those each having a reach of approximately 8,800 children aged 0-5 which would not meet the reasonable access guidance" (of the DfE).
"The consultation responses suggest six Children and Family Centres would be sufficient to meet need. Evidence suggests the following Children and Family Centres should be retained as Council led and funded in order to reach the majority of children aged 0-5 years in the areas of higher deprivation:
Children and Family Centre
The full report can be accessed here.