By firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 09:51
CHANGES are planned to the way support is provided to families in need across the borough.
Redditch Borough Council, along with the YMCA, officially took over early help services last week to provide support to families with children up to 19-years-old.
The aim of the service will be to identify and support families where difficulties arise and intervene early on to stop problems escalating to the point where specialist help is needed or the children's social and emotional development is affected.
The new contract with commissioners Worcestershire County Council will be based on a payment by results system and linked to specific targets.
As part of the changes the town's Sure Start centres will be rebranded as Redditch Children's Centres and the current base at Matchborough First School will be closed as a result of a decision to expand pupil numbers on the site.
But council chiefs say there has been no reduction in service as they have been relocated to Roman Way and Tenacres schools.
Louise Langston, programme manager for Redditch Borough Council, said: "Our aim will be to work closely with our partners to create a service that ensures as much stability and continuity for families as possible.
"We will work alongside families by developing a team that responds to their and their community's needs.
"We will continue to develop the six children's centres to operate as a single point of contact to access early help services; to provide a continuum of support for families and communities. The service will have an effective outreach strategy to ensure interventions are suited to families in Redditch."
Coun Liz Eyre, responsible for children and families on the county council, added: "As with all our commissioned providers, we are holding Redditch Borough Council to account for outcomes in the Redditch area. Instead of telling them what services we would like them to deliver, what is important to us and residents is the impact the services have on improving the lives of the children and families they're working with."
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