Review of Early Help services

The Draft Early Help Strategy

East Sussex County Council is consulting on the draft Early Help strategy. You can have your say on the proposals from 21 May to 29 July 2019.

The draft strategy makes it clear that Early Help is about the services and support we deliver, not buildings. Under the draft strategy we would retain 12 of the 26 children’s centres.

Our aim is to identify providers of other pre-school or education services who may want to take over the remaining 14 buildings, but where this is not possible the centres could close. Support and services would still be provided where needed but would be delivered differently. Where a need develops in a specific location for a service, this could be provided in an alternative venue in future.

The 14 centres are: Hampden Park, Old Town (Eastbourne), The Bridge (Hastings), West St Leonards, Chailey, Newhaven, Ringmer, Seaford, Battle, Egerton Park (Bexhill), Rye, Crowborough, Heathfield, High Weald (Ticehurst).

The draft strategy has been developed through a detailed strategic commissioning review to help build stronger families in East Sussex. All the evidence from the review is available below.

You can contact us about the review by emailing earlyhelp.consultation@eastsussex.gov.uk or by calling 01273 336626.

Draft Early Help Strategy – the proposals for future early help services.

National and East Sussex Context – the legal and policy framework for early help services.

Needs Assessment – analysis of what communities in East Sussex need from early help services.

Service Description and Analysis – current early help services provided by Children’s Services and an analysis of how those services meet families’ needs.

Options Analysis – summarises the work to identify and assess options for providing early help in East Sussex.

Property Analysis – assesses the suitability of current buildings to provide future services.

Draft Outcome Analysis – initial assessment of the possible impacts of proposals on service users, communities and partners and how they would be mitigated. This will be updated after consultation.

Initial Equality Impact Assessment – an initial assessment of the equality impacts of proposals and how they would be mitigated. This will be updated after consultation.

Glossary – terms and acronyms used in these reports.

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