Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
New mental health contract Norfolk residents
Norfolk County Council has awarded new contracts worth £2.85 million per year to deliver adult social services funded mental health services across the region.
Following a year of consultations between the council and the five Norfolk & Waveney NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) , the new contracts will begin on 1 March 2017.
Arrangements will be made between then and now for packages of care to be maintained and transferred to the new service. The new contract brings together three types of services which support over 700 people at any one time.
Bill Borrett, chair of Adult Social Services Committee, said: “This has been a great opportunity for us to re-focus the service so that we are concentrating more on rehabilitation and reablement. We want to enable people to live well at home and regain their independence which the new service will achieve by joining up with services that already exist within local areas. We know that many people will live with their mental health condition for the rest of their lives, but with the right treatment and support we can reduce the impact their mental health condition has on their everyday life and support them to move them towards greater independence.”