Children’s services planning guidance: consultation response

An analytical report for the consultation on children services planning guidance, including areas of importance for the third sector, has now been released.

The consultation attracted a strong response from a broad mix of different stakeholders as well as a small number of individuals.

Emerging concerns for the third sector respondents were:

  • local authorities and health boards should be encouraged to have third sector representatives as active and equal members of planning groups
  • better signposting to local Third Sector Interfaces and more consideration of how TSIs can be supported and funded to work with planning groups
  • more clearly defining the role of the third sector on planning groups and stressing the added value that their involvement can bring
  • making better use/learning from Third Sector skills and experience in community engagement
  • uncertainty with third sector budget commitments can make some partnership relationships unstable

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