The council is leading the way to create a strong community base to support children and families in the future.
Following the recent launch of the budget consultation, the council’s children’s wellbeing directorate held an information and networking event for local businesses, community and voluntary organisations, education providers and others involved in delivering services for children.
Jo Davidson, director for children’s wellbeing, said: “In the future we will not be providing the range of services we have done. We will be working much more closely with families and community organisations, to make sure support is in place to promote children’s wellbeing. Wellbeing includes a good education, healthy lifestyles, career opportunities as well as child safety and protection from harm.
“This initial event was a starting point for discussing how we can achieve this”.
Attendees heard first-hand from a parent speaker at the event, that the council is already working much more closely with parents, carers, groups and service providers to improve the choice and flexibility of short breaks for children with disabilities and their families.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’ services, said: “Children are the future of our county and it is vital that we continue to support them and give them the best possible start in life. But budgets are challenging which means we have to work differently. We cannot continue to provide services to everyone in the way that we have done in the past. We have to focus our support on the most vulnerable families.
“As a result, the future of children’s services will see much more involvement from the local community and our partners in the leisure, culture, health and community sectors. We want to have open and frank discussions with these groups.
“I urge groups and organisations involved in children’s services to come along to future events and to join the new Herefordshire Children’s Wellbeing Network on Facebook, so that they can meet other people, share ideas and help plan for our children’s future.”