Have your say on services for disabled children and young people in West Cheshire

23 June 2016

West Cheshire residents are being asked to share their views on how they would like to see services for disabled children and young people delivered in the future. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council wants all children with disabilities to have access to a range of provision and support across the borough that meets their needs and provides good opportunities for them to grow and develop.

The consultation, which begins today (Thursday 23 June) and will last for 12 weeks, proposes three potential options for how services could be delivered. These include an option to maintain the current services whilst acknowledging that service levels could reduce, an option to embed disabled children's services into a number of wider teams depending on the needs of the child or young person, and an option to create a specialist disabled children's service.

Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "We are committed to ensuring services for disabled children and young people, and their parents and carers, are both effective in reaching and supporting those that need them, and fair in how they are delivered.

"We are continuously looking for ways to improve services whilst guaranteeing value for money and we want to design services that meet needs earlier, in a way which is tailored to the individual and proportionate to the level of need.

"Over the last nine months the Council has worked with parents, carers, children and young people, and stakeholders including the Cheshire West and Chester Parent Carer Forum, to understand disabled children and young people's current experiences of services within the borough.

"We want to ensure that the services that we provide are shaped by the residents who use them and now we have potential proposals we are keen to hear from local residents, particularly those who use these services, as well as stakeholders and professionals working with disabled children and young people."

Consultation

You can get involved in a number of ways. Face-to-face sessions are being held across the borough:
  • Wednesday, July 6 - 6pm to 8pm - Tarvin Community Centre CH3 8LY
  • Thursday, July 7 - 10am to 12pm - Caldy Valley Neighbourhood Church CH3 5PR
  • Monday, July 11 - 10am – 12pm - Winsford Life Style Centre CW7 1AD
You can also have you say by visiting the Council's website, collecting a printed copy of the consultation booklet and questionnaire from your nearest library or main Council building, or by writing to the Council at: Cheshire West and Chester Council - Information, Advice and Support Service, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.

The consultation opens on Thursday, 23 June and will run for 12 weeks until Sunday, 18 September. For further information please call 0300 123 701.

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