Cardiff Council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee will consider how important changes to funding for projects supporting vulnerable families and young people in the city, will be communicated to those already receiving services.
Members of the committee will focus on the commissioning of services under the Welsh Government’s “Families First” project, set to take place in April 2013, which will replace the current ‘Cymorth’ funding which supports deprived young people across Wales.
The report will be presented at the Children & Young People Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 11 September 2012.
Families First is a Welsh Government initiative promoting the development of effective multi-agency systems and support for families across Wales, particularly those living in poverty, with a clear emphasis on prevention and early intervention.
Scrutiny members will consider the type of services that Families First will fund and the arrangements being put in place to inform people of the changes that will affect them.
Cllr Siobhan Corria, Chair of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee said: “My main concern is for the families and young people who are currently receiving services through Cymorth funding, and how they will be given information about if and how the transition from Cymorth to Families First will affect them.
“We are only six months away from the introduction of Families First and as a Scrutiny Committee we are keen to look into the planned communication arrangements, and find out how we as elected community champions can best support the communication.”
The Committee will also explore in more detail both the Commissioners’ intentions in delivering outcomes based on strategic needs, and their plans for supporting and informing both providers and service users through the remainder of the procurement exercise and into the new Families First funding regime.
This includes looking into how and when service users will be informed about the transition of services from Cymorth to Families First funding, and about the new services coming on line to replace the former Cymorth-funded services. The committee will also consider how needs were identified, and evidence of the link between needs and the services that have been commissioned, plus a broad outline of the next steps and timescales ahead of the implementation in April 2013.