Children’s Centre Closure Consultation Starts

The consultation starts today at one pm:

RMBC Children’s Centre Consultation

See previous post: Thirteen Rotherham children’s centres facing axe

Understand this announcement was botched! The link went live at one am? So everyone learned through the internet first, that they were losing their jobs! Can’t RMBC get anything right?

If you have more information on this, or are directly affected as a parent or member of staff, please let us know. Rothpol.

9 thoughts on “Children’s Centre Closure Consultation Starts

  1. Let me start the ball rolling. I have tonight attended the Rother Valley South Area Assembly(RVS) Meeting at Anston Parish Hall. We were given a “hand out” and had a presentation about the cuts to the IYSS (Youth Support Services). The hand out shows quite clearly that the Council are proposing to cut £808,384 from the IYSS budget next year ( why next year, afraid of UKIP in the May Elections?).
    I asked the RMBC Speaker if the Children`s Centre at North Anston would be affected, no answer, after a few glances and comments to the Area Assy Chair, The reply was basically look it up on the RMBC website. So RMBC sends someone to the Area Assy to tell of the cuts and then cannot answer a basic question.
    I have since looked up the consultation online and it clearly shows the Centres that will be affected in Rother Valley South, The centres in Kiverton, North Anston and Dinnington are all subject to closure. What`s more interesting is the number of Labour Cllrs who were sat there ( Cllrs Dalton, Burton,(Anston) Falvey, and the Area assy Chair, Havenhand (Dinninton) ) and said nothing, they all must have known what was to close..
    What`s even more interesting is that in Anston, Jo Burton is up for Election in May, and all she could come up with was some limp defence about the cuts from Government.
    She failed miserably to speak up for the people of Anston whom she represents. This is not the first time she has followed the Party line and put RMBC before the good people of Anston, ask about her record on the Local Housing Plan.
    “Not Cutting front line services”, my A*se.
    The cuts to the Children`s services is just the tip of the Iceberg, there is more to come, as usual they will blame the Government, but hang on a minute, don’t the Government give them a lump sum, so after the ring fenced money is deducted, it is in actual fact Rodger the Dodger & Co who decide where the cuts come from.
    Sod the young, the old and the vulnerable, where going to the Mayors Ball, to spend your money, chin, chin old chap.

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  2. Having worked closely with the IYSS in the past (it was called the Conenxions before – an excellent service that did valuable work until massacred by Clegg and Cameron (And RMBC) immediately after the election) it is sad ( actually outrageous) that it is always this service that suffers disproportionately in the cuts (and not just Government imposed). The front line staff do excellent work and year on year provide essential ground based support to thousands and thousands of young people of various backgrounds and needs. (At this point may I state my praise for the service does not include the senior management at the IYSS – who are merely RMBC henchmen and women and don’t give a fig).

    Year after year IYSS / Children’s Services are constantly decimated and RMBC (And the IYSS senior management) simply pay lip service to consultation and negotiation. Mind you that’s more than they they do with the front line staff – who they see as disposable inconveniences and cannon fodder.

    One thing regarding these cuts should be remembered; the IYSS (And not Social Services) is the service that actually works more closely with young people and is the service that in actuality not only does more one to one work with Young People at risk but also is the services that in actually often picks up the pieces and initially discovers that young people are at risk. In short cut the IYSS (yet again) and you cut the line of communication between very vulnerable children and the support they need and should access by law.

    Without the IYSS the Social Services team will be unable to operate and intervene efficiently. If these cuts are allowed to go ahead (and I’m sure RMBC have decided they will no matter what they say or how they ‘consult’) then I’m afraid the whole system of support and intervention with disengaged young people and children at risk will collapse. All the so called ‘new initiatives’ regarding CSE will fail. (Although as we all know these new initiatives are simply paper excises).

    What RMBC are proposing is to further decimate the only service that actually supports the young people , directly, physically, practically and emotionally and picks up the pieces from any Social Services investigations. In addition RMBC in their ignorance are also aiming to destroy the only service that speaks up on behalf of young people and their families – that complains and campaigns for improvements. Then again maybe that’s why RMBC see the front line staff at the IYSS as so easily disposable; after all it was the front line staff at the children’s services that spoke out in anger at the way RMBC handled ( I am being polite) the CSE scandal at all its stages.

    The senior management at the IYSS have no interest in the stability and day to day provision of the IYSS; they simply exist to bully on behalf of RMBC (while drawing £100,000 salaries) and deliver (often fiddled) stats. If anyone should go at the IYSS it should not be the front line (this has been proposed) it should be the team of professional career centred automatons within the senior management that catow to RMBC and do Lakin’s / Akthar’s / Stone’s / Thacker’s bidding.

    If you want to know how the IYSS senior management bully their staff (on behalf on RMBC) Orwell says it best in 1984:“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” And if you want to understand the IYSS senior management’s attitude towards their own assumed indispensability and the way the coheres with RMBC and elected officials in their shameful and well practiced running down of the service then you should refer to Animal Farm: “The creatures (staff) outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” The senior management at the IYSS equals RMBC and vice versa. They are like two rotten peas in a rotten pod in a rotten borough.

    To those that think RMBC are conducting a political campaign in ‘sensitive wards’ concerning the proposed cuts I would just like to say I wish you were right and it it was – after all it would be easier to expose them for that. However, in reality it’s the gradual decimation of the whole service RMBC are aiming for – it’s been going on for years – this is but yet another stage. What RMBC are actually doing (And I include Kimber in this) is deliberately attacking the only service at RMBC who’s front line staff speak out for young people and families. The only service that gets out there in all sections of the community and reports back what is actually happening and demands solutions and action. RMBC in reality are removing the only voice the vulnerable families and children have by stealth. It’s RMBCs revenge on the front line staff of a service that dares to speak out – nothing more nothing less.

    SKT
    xxxx

    PS; without this service you will never hear of another CSE scandal again. I will happen – but you’ll never know. After all RMBC will have silenced the voice.

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  3. Having worked closely with the IYSS in the past (it was called the Conenxions before – an excellent service that did valuable work until massacred by Clegg and Cameron (And RMBC) immediately after the election) it is sad ( actually outrageous) that it is always this service that suffers disproportionately in the cuts (and not just Government imposed). The front line staff do excellent work and year on year provide essential ground based support to thousands and thousands of young people of various backgrounds and needs. (At this point may I state my praise for the service does not include the senior management at the IYSS – who are merely RMBC henchmen and women and don’t give a fig).

    Year after year IYSS / Children’s Services are constantly decimated and RMBC (And the IYSS senior management) simply pay lip service to consultation and negotiation. Mind you that’s more than they they do with the front line staff – who they see as disposable inconveniences and cannon fodder.

    One thing regarding these cuts should be remembered; the IYSS (And not Social Services) is the service that actually works more closely with young people and is the service that in actuality not only does more one to one work with Young People at risk but also is the services that in actually often picks up the pieces and initially discovers that young people are at risk. In short cut the IYSS (yet again) and you cut the line of communication between very vulnerable children and the support they need and should access by law.

    Without the IYSS the Social Services team will be unable to operate and intervene efficiently. If these cuts are allowed to go ahead (and I’m sure RMBC have decided they will no matter what they say or how they ‘consult’) then I’m afraid the whole system of support and intervention with disengaged young people and children at risk will collapse. All the so called ‘new initiatives’ regarding CSE will fail. (Although as we all know these new initiatives are simply paper excises).

    What RMBC are proposing is to further decimate the only service that actually supports the young people , directly, physically, practically and emotionally and picks up the pieces from any Social Services investigations. In addition RMBC in their ignorance are also aiming to destroy the only service that speaks up on behalf of young people and their families – that complains and campaigns for improvements. Then again maybe that’s why RMBC see the front line staff at the IYSS as so easily disposable; after all it was the front line staff at the children’s services that spoke out in anger at the way RMBC handled ( I am being polite) the CSE scandal at all its stages.

    The senior management at the IYSS have no interest in the stability and day to day provision of the IYSS; they simply exist to bully on behalf of RMBC (while drawing £100,000 salaries) and deliver (often fiddled) stats. If anyone should go at the IYSS it should not be the front line (this has been proposed) it should be the team of professional career centred automatons within the senior management that catow to RMBC and do Lakin’s / Akthar’s / Stone’s / Thacker’s bidding.

    If you want to know how the IYSS senior management bully their staff (on behalf on RMBC) Orwell says it best in 1984:“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” And if you want to understand the IYSS senior management’s attitude towards their own assumed indispensability and the way the coheres with RMBC and elected officials in their shameful and well practiced running down of the service then you should refer to Animal Farm: “The creatures (staff) outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” The senior management at the IYSS equals RMBC and vice versa. They are like two rotten peas in a rotten pod in a rotten borough.

    To those that think RMBC are conducting a political campaign in ‘sensitive wards’ concerning the proposed cuts I would just like to say I wish you were right and it it was – after all it would be easier to expose them for that. However, in reality it’s the gradual decimation of the whole service RMBC are aiming for – it’s been going on for years – this is but yet another stage. What RMBC are actually doing (And I include Kimber in this) is deliberately attacking the only service at RMBC who’s front line staff speak out for young people and families. The only service that gets out there in all sections of the community and reports back what is actually happening and demands solutions and action. RMBC in reality are removing the only voice the vulnerable families and children have by stealth. It’s RMBCs revenge on the front line staff of a service that dares to speak out – nothing more nothing less.

    SKT
    xxxx

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  4. Sorry for posting it twice – my computer was playing up – and obviously I am not Anon its Sally Kate. Looks like another expense to get its fixed. Once again sorry x

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  5. The only words the Labour Councillors can say is that it’s all the governments fault they have to make 20 million Cuts
    What they don’t tell us is the amount of debt they have got us into over the last 10 Years
    From £169 Million (2002) to £569 Million (2012) an increase of 336% increase and increasing year on year.
    Labours privatisation of council services means the tax payer now pay £10.7 Million a year to private finance companies over the next 20 to 30 years

    Ands that only part of what we know about
    What’s happened to the reserves they should hold to bridge these gaps in hard times that’s what reserves are for to help protect front line services

    But never mind Rogers got a nice new top of the range Audi to take him and his buddies to Chip Shop

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