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Council proposal for children's services is set to affect 200 staff

A proposed restructure of children's services in Solihull will see around 200 jobs affected, it was revealed today.

Ken Meeson
Ken Meeson

A proposed restructure of children’s services in Solihull will see around 200 jobs affected, it was revealed today.

A consultation is taking place to improve the current services and develop a new ‘Early Help’ offer which proposes a more efficient and effective service for children, young people and families locally.

This will finish at the end of July 2015.

The council said all existing roles had been reviewed which would mean some full and part-time posts would be lost although new roles and promotion for some staff was also in the pipeline.

Coun Ken Meeson, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The proposals will affect around 200 staff but that’s not 200 jobs going.

“At this stage it’s difficult to say but there will not be many. Most will be part-time staff perhaps in supporting roles at youth centres, for example.

“Some jobs will go but there will be opportunities for those staff to apply for new jobs and a lot of the staff will be asked to widen what they are doing.”

Explaining the rationale behind Early Help, Coun Meeson added: “The idea now is to look at the underlying cause of problems.

“It may be with the parents, maybe the child is a carer for the parent.

“The philosophy behind this is that if you can get in early before a crisis point then it’s better for children and families and it saves a lot of money down the road.

I’m very excited about it and it follows good practice.

“I understand that change can be difficult, particularly for the current staff who have been doing a great job under the existing structure, but we think we can do so much better under this proposed new service.”

 

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