Cabinet backs proposal to integrate children's services in Cornwall

A new integrated children’s services directorate providing one “front door” for families to access education, health and social care services, has been supported by Cornwall Council’s cabinet today.

The decision to integrate services for children has come about after listening to what children, young people and families in Cornwall have said they want – a more efficient service where they can get the right help at the right time in one go. The intention is to:

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  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Raise the aspiration and education achievement for all children and closing the outcomes gap for vulnerable children
  • Protect, promote and improve children’s physical, emotional and mental health.
  • Help and protect children from the risk of harm.
  • Increase the contribution and resilience of the community.

At today’s cabinet meeting, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children and wellbeing, Sally Hawken said: “Cornwall Council is proud of its children’s services and we are pleased that the quality of our services is recognised by Ofsted.  However, we are motivated by an ambition to further improve the quality and effectiveness of services for children, young people and families in Cornwall.  Our partner organisations share this ambition. 

“We have been developing our plans over a number of years through the devolution deal and our One Vision initiative.  We believe we need to integrate services for children by joining a closely as possible education, children’s social care and health services. 

“Following councillors decision to make a direct award of public health nursing, today Cabinet agreed a radical but measured organisational transition in creating an integrated organisational framework.  This has been based on our DfE award funded transformational work and to create an integrated children’s services directorate aimed at delivering integration and further improved services for children. 

“This is the culmination of a considerable amount of work by the Council and its partners and we believe puts us in the best possible place to face the serious challenge of improving children services despite the increase need in the community and continually reducing public funding.

“There is increasing national concern about services for children be that schools, social care or health and these plans put us in the best possible position to cope with increasing demand and further improve our children’s services in the interest of all children in Cornwall and their families”.

Posted on 7 November 2018