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Adult social care - the life you want to lead

adult social care

Help shape the future of adult social care in West Sussex.

We’re inviting people across the county to help shape the long-term future of adult social care to support current and future generations for years to come.

We’re keen to hear what is important to residents and what a good life means to them. The responses will help us develop our adult social care service in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic so that we can best meet the needs and expectations of those we support.

Survey closes on Monday 8 November.

Complete the survey

Latest local Covid-19 and vaccination update

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Covid-19 is still being transmitted in our communities and the risks of infection are still with us.

Just last week there were more than 2,500 new cases reported in seven days across West Sussex.

When testing, please remember to also register your results and if you test positive, get a follow up PCR and self-isolate. 

Regular testing for coronavirus helps stop the spread and protects those around us.

Make testing part of your routine to give you peace of mind when you’re out and about.

There are lots of ways to have a test: order Lateral Flow Tests online to be delivered to your home; pick up test kits at selected pharmacies and libraries; have a supervised test at a local pharmacy. Find a pharmacy.

If you test positive or have any symptoms you must take a PCR test. Book online or call 119.

More Covid-19 local advice and information

Temporary change to Chichester’s Northgate Vaccination Centre opening times

Due to the Sloe Fair on Wednesday 20 October, which takes place in Northgate car park, the vaccination centre opening times will change for a few days. The centre remains open for both booked appointments and walk-ins at the following times:

  • Monday 18 October: 8.30am – 4pm (walk-ins until 4pm)
  • Tuesday 19 October: 8.30am – 4.30pm (walk-ins until 4pm)
  • Wednesday 20 October: 8.30am – 4.30pm (walk-ins until 4pm)

Normal opening times resume on Thursday 21 October (8.30am - 7pm, walk-ins until 6.30pm)

Please note that Northgate car park will close at 6pm on Monday 18 October and reopen at midday on Thursday 21 October. During this time it will not be open to vehicles so visitors to the vaccination centre will need to find an alternative place to park.

Information about Chichester's car parks can be found on the Chichester District Council website.

'Howls' of delight this half-term!

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If you’re panicking about what to do to keep the kids entertained during half-term, take a look at our Experience West Sussex website which has some spellbinding ideas for family days out.

There’s a whole (g)host of spooky-themed Halloween events to take part in, including pumpkin carving, a Halloween cream tea or being scared at Shocktober Fest.

'Witch' ones will you visit during the half term holiday?!

Remember though that if you plan to celebrate with others, help #KeepWestSussexSafe by meeting outdoors if you can, but if you do meet indoors, make sure to let fresh air in. 

Half term fun ideas

Time to apply for school places

junior school applications

Parents and carers of children starting school in September 2022 can now apply.

Applications for primary and infant school places are now open and close on 15 January 2022. Children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 are eligible to start school next September.

Parents/carers of children currently in Year 2 at infant school can also now apply for a place at junior school for September 2022.

It is strongly advised that applications are completed on time. Those who miss the 15 January deadline must still apply as their child won’t automatically be allocated a school.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. All the information is there and an automatic email will acknowledge an application has been received. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries (no need to book).

Those unable to apply online can request a form through the post by calling 033 301 42903.

Secondary school applications are also currently open for September 2022 and close on Sunday 31 October 2021.

County council staff are available to help parents and carers through the admissions process. Telephone 033 301 42903 or email the admissions team north: or the admissions team south

More info on school admissions

Ofsted monitoring visit to West Sussex Children’s Services

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Ofsted have reported that Children’s Services continues to make steady progress.

The report from Ofsted follows the monitoring visit which took place on 7 and 8 September 2021.

The visit was focused on how social work practice is improving the lives of children with disabilities alongside how decisions are made, oversight by managers and the capacity of social workers to provide help and support.

The key findings from the report were:

  • The support that children with disabilities receive has improved since the Ofsted focused visit in October 2020
  • The commitment of the senior leadership team in maintaining a clear focus on improving the experiences of disabled children
  • Social workers know the children they work with well
  • The voice of the child is being heard and listened to
  • There is more work to do to improve the consistency of help and support offered to disabled children.

Ensuring our children and young people with disabilities receive the help and support they need is critical. Ofsted highlight improvements made in this area of the service and the difference we are making to our disabled children and young people which is encouraging to see.

The report identifies areas where we need to do further work to improve the quality and consistency of our practice. These areas are being addressed as part of our ongoing improvement journey.

Read more about the report here

Be inspired by the season

autumn trees

Autumn days can be full of bright sunshine with clear blue skies, but with that characteristic chill in the air that heralds the coming of winter.

It’s the perfect time of year to pop on a jacket (and often your sunglasses too!) and enjoy the riot of vibrant crimson and gold hues of the changing landscape.

Experience West Sussex have put together a collection of walks and trails, plus gardens and woodlands to visit so you can enjoy the bright sights of autumn in our county.

Try some 'leaf peeping' this autumn

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A meeting of the full county council will be held next Friday (22 October), and it will be webcast live.

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