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Opportunity for parents-to-be, young people and families to shape services in Retford

04 October 2021

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Nottinghamshire County Council is encouraging families to guide plans for the future development of services provided from the Retford Central children’s centre building.

Views are being sought from local families, parents-to-be, young people and other interested parties, about their preferences for local services provided from the building.

Residents can have their say about options for developing either a Family Hub or a Maternity Hub in the area.

Family hubs aim to provide opportunities for families to access a wide range of support services and would be the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire. Services would range from maternity services, through to early years and children 0–19 (25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities). It is intended that it would be a more joined up range of council services, working alongside bespoke partner services.

An alternative option being considered is for a Maternity Hub managed and delivered by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This would provide a local centre focused on maternity care for expectant parents. The council’s children’s centre service would aim to offer family and one-to-one appointments at the centre, with activities remaining in the nearby Hallcroft children’s centre building alongside continued outreach work.

The Retford central children’s centre property is owned by the council and at the council’s most recent children and young people’s committee (Monday 13 September), it was agreed to consult locally with families and other relevant stakeholders on the options being considered.

The council’s children’s centre service is delivered through a network of premises and properties across Nottinghamshire, with increasing amounts of work being delivered through outreach work including home visits.

To ensure families have local access to a range of services to suit their needs, the service’s properties host sessions and clinics delivered by relevant service providers. Since the move to a more targeted service, there is more space on the timetable for such services, alongside the service’s own provision.

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s committee, said “The council is committed to offering the best service to children, young people and families. We are consulting because we very much want local people in Retford to have their say on the future of services in the area so that we can find the best fit for families.

“Both of the options being considered would be beneficial for local families and increase the service provision in the building.

“The consultation is open until Friday, 29 October, and the findings will help to shape our recommendations for the development of services for children and families. “

Residents can complete the online survey at https://consult.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/children-and-families-services/8f797519  or by picking-up a printed copy from Hallcroft Retford children’s centre.

Young people can complete the survey at https://consult.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/children-and-families-services/4cf0294f or by picking up a printed copy from Retford young people's centre. 

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