Scores of children's centres face closure: ACP response

The ACP has responded to news yesterday that most of Oxfordshire's children's centres will close which follows soon after revelations that more than 100 children's centres in England are earmarked to be shut down.

It is understood that of the county's 44 children's centres and seven early intervention hubs only eight remodelled "children and family centres" will remain. The plans which are out for consultation aim to save £8million from the local authority's children's services budget.

It is expected, as Children and Young People Now reports, that the new eight centres will be based in areas of highest need across the county, with social workers, family support workers and other professionals using them as bases to work with families in need of help and support.

Last month it was reported that Unison had gathered details of all councils' children's centre reviews and found 102 were either being considered for closure or had closure plans. The news came just weeks after it was revealed that 99 children's centres closed in the six months between 1 January and 30 June this, bringing the total number ofo children's centre closures since 2010 to 250.

ACP Chair Heather Stewart said: "The ACP has historically valued and supported the work of children's centres. Withdrawing this support to children will have long-lasting implications for the future of our most vulnerable families."