Council plans on consulting further about its Early Help services (support for families)

The Council has today announced the details of its new consultation process on reviewing the way its Early Help services (support for families) are delivered.

Early Help is about supporting families to do well, stay safe and resolve problems at the earliest opportunity, before they become more serious.

The Council’s official public consultation process will start in October 2018 and will be open for 10 weeks. The public consultation will give residents, partners and organisations the chance to have their say about the future Early Help services through a widely available survey and public meetings held throughout Buckinghamshire.

An independent research agency, BMG Research, will be supporting the Council with the consultation.

Over the summer, BMG Research will be carrying out in-depth research with families and partner organisations to help design the detail of the public consultation. This work will ensure that the consultation documents are detailed, helpful and clear to the public.

Individual residents will be invited to take part in focused research to make sure that people accessing the current range of Early Help services are represented.

A more detailed view of the full consultation process can be found on our webpages

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I am very pleased that we have BMG Research working on our behalf to provide impartial expertise and to talk with residents and organisations about their views on how services will be developed. We know that it can sometimes be complex for families to access the support they need when they need it and we want to make sure families receive the right support at the right time to prevent problems from getting worse. We consulted you about changing these services last year but recognised that our proposals needed to be more specific, especially with regard to our children’s centres.”