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Children & Young People's Health & Wellbeing Programme Update

Thu 25 Aug 2016

Announcement from Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People:-

At a meeting of Cabinet on 20 July, it was agreed that the county council would continue with plans to build a new Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme.

The outline specification for the new Programme, which is for families of children and young people aged 0-19 years, has now been shared with organisations who expressed an early interest in delivering the programme on our behalf.

You can read through the outline specification online here. Please bear in mind that the outline is not the final version and will evolve and change as we work through the procurement process.

Depending on your background, some of the language may seem quite technical, but the key thing to note is that all families will continue to receive a core offer of support and those who need more will get more.

We want the new Programme to strike the right balance of self-support, community support and support from professionals to meet the individual needs of families. As part of this, health visitors will continue to meet face-to-face with families as needed.

Next steps

Over the next few months, we will be working with potential provider organisations and stakeholders to refine the outline specification and develop a new Programme that is safe, effective, achievable and affordable.

Providers will present their final plans to a panel in mid-November. These plans will then be formally evaluated against set criteria and a recommendation on the best option made to Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, for a delegated decision in December.

The new Programme will then be launched in phases. Changes to support for children aged 0-5 years will begin in April 2017, with the new Programme put in place over the course of the year. The new Programme of support for 5-19 year olds will begin to be put in place from April 2018.

We will keep you updated on progress, but should you want further information, please visit our webpages or email chwb@staffordshire.gov.uk