Views sought on new service plan for Argyll and Bute children

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People living in Argyll and Bute are being asked to give their views on a proposed new plan for integrated children’s services in the area.

A consultation on the content of the Integrated Children’s Service Plan, which makes proposals for improving children’s health, wellbeing, and achievements, is being undertaken by the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership and will begin on Monday, August 12.

The new plan commits the partnership’s members, including Argyll and Bute Council, NHS Highland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and third sector voluntary groups, to working together more closely than before to achieve the best for children, young people and families in Argyll and Bute - with a particular focus on prevention and early intervention with the youngest age groups.

Argyll and Bute Council’s lead councillor for education, Richard Trail, said: “It is important that everyone who wants to express a view on the proposed Integrated Children’s Service Plan is able to do so, and the Partnership welcomes comments and suggestions from members of the public.

“Our children deserve the best possible start in life, and we will work together to support children and families throughout Argyll and Bute.”

The public consultation will begin on Monday, August 12, and continues until Monday, October 14. From August 12 the draft plan will be available at the council’s website (we’ll publish a link on this site when the consultation goes live), along with a brief online questionnaire so that members of the public can submit their views on the proposals.

The plan and the questionnaire will also be available in printed format at the council’s customer service points, including Eaglesham House in Rothesay, and in alternative formats by request.

Primary and secondary schools will be getting involved in order to get responses from young people, and an adapted version of the questionnaire will be used to gather the views of young children in nursery and pre-school.

At the end of the consultation period, all responses will be collated and included in a report on the Plan, which will be presented to Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership and considered at full council in October.