Nascot Lawn update

Nascot Lawn - an update

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services has given the following update on Nascot Lawn:

“We understand that this is a worrying time for parents and carers and we want to reassure them that the wellbeing of all the children who attend Nascot Lawn is of paramount importance to us. We are disappointed that Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) has decided to cease their funding contribution to short breaks services which means we will not be able to move forward with the integrated health and social care provision we had been working together to achieve.

For children who stay overnight at Nascot Lawn, joint health and social care assessments are being carried out by our Children’s services team and CCG colleagues. For children between 2 and 4 who access Day care only, we are working closely with our CCG colleagues to transition them to alternative services. The families and carers of these children are automatically entitled to free early education and childcare and therefore do not need an additional assessment. Health assessments are currently being carried out by HVCCG for these children and where required a social care assessment will also be completed.

Following Full Council on 18 July, it has been confirmed that funding for Nascot Lawn will be extended until 31 January 2018 and it has also been agreed that Hertfordshire County Council, HVCCG and East & North Herts CCG will share the cost of this extension. This allows time for the assessments to be completed and for children to be transitioned to alternative arrangements.”