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£2.5m saved by changes to children's services in Bucks

£2.5m saved by changes to children's services in Bucks

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:35am 24th January 2020.

Just over 1,000 children are being helped through the new Family Support Service in Buckinghamshire.

That covers 375 families, according to a report checking in on how the new service - which started in September - is going.

The Chiltern and South Bucks Locality Team recently hosted the Chair of Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Partnership for a day and the feedback received from Francis Habgood was:

“This did not feel like a team that had been in existence for less than 3 months.

"They appeared to be working well together, benefit from the mixed skills of the team and are integrating well across other parts of Children’s Services (this was a point that was stressed in the meetings).

"The single location of all the teams certainly helps that integration as does the attitude of the managers.”

Bucks County Council
BCC has saved £2.5m so far through these changes

£2.5 million has been saved by the changes, which saw 19 children's centres close, and further savings are expected over the next few years.

However, the County Council says it's working to find other uses for those buildings.

The report says:

The transfers of buildings completed to date, has created additional child care provision in areas of high need, school-led family support and community-based early years provision.

It is anticipated that the remaining transfers will be completed before the end of the financial year.

The changes were, of course, controversial and were challenged in the courts last summer.

Bucks County Council's report says that data on the impact of the changes in terms of how families and children benefit will be made available when they have been up-and-running for longer.

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