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Council approves new children's service

Date Added - 30/01/13

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Moray councillors today approved a new staffing structure to integrate a range of services for children and young people with additional needs.

The new service will see a number of key services for youngsters brought together including social work support for children and families, youth work, educational psychology and additional support provision.

The move by the council’s recently established education and social care department is seen as the next important stage in providing a better co-ordinated and targeted service to meet the needs of local youngsters.

Councillor Anne Skene, who chairs Moray Council’s children and young people’s services committee, welcomed the development.

She said: “Integrated working is key to making a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. The new structure will ensure closer working between professionals and the best use of the council’s resources to support the public.”

The proposals have been considered by a range of council committees and have been amended following formal consultation with staff and trade unions. The new service will now be implemented, with staff appointments confirmed over the next few months.

Sandy Riddell, the council’s director of education and social care, believes the new structure will help the council and its partners fulfil their ambitions for local children.

“These new arrangements will help ensure that those in greatest need get the right support at the time they need it most,” he said.

“Our local children’s services have been shaped by members of the public and staff and really have the potential to ensure that all our local children have the best start in life.”

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