PROPOSALS are being put forward to transform children’s services in Bournemouth and save the council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

The ideas were drawn up following a major consultation with the council, its partners and children and young people in the borough.

The proposals, which will be put forward to cabinet on January 16, include:

  • Greater involvement of schools and academies
  • Moving Children’s Centre provision to a wholly commissioned model
  • Developing the Integrated Youth Service to ensure a better fit for targeted individual and group work
  • Swifter turnaround times for Special Educational Needs (SEN) assessments;
  • Developing better configured youth centres for young people aged 14-plus to access early help and information.

The review, which forms part of the council’s overall transformation project to reduce costs by 40 per cent whilst raising customer satisfaction, will lead to a spending cut in the service of £326,000 by 2014-15, rising to £683,000 per year by 2019-20.