Family Hubs aim:
- To strengthen families by providing help with the myriad challenges parents face; especially those which will hamper children’s social, emotional and physical development and their educational progress.
- To help prevent family breakdown by:
- Supporting families where parenting is particularly difficult, and ensuring access to early help to address problems which might otherwise escalate.
- Providing relationship support for couples at life’s key pressure points and when parents find it hard to resolve conflict.
- To support separating families to reduce parental conflict and achieve workable parenting arrangements in the best interests of the children thereby preventing, where possible, the need to access the family courts
What is distinctive about Family Hubs?
Family Hubs need a central point from where services are accessed, whether this is a building named a Family Hub, a building with another title, or a virtual access point. It’s important that families know where to go and get help, and that staff are trained to respond sensitively and efficiently to families’ enquiries. The Family Hub model enables every region to make the most of the buildings/delivery sites they have available rather than make demands for new buildings. Most commonly, a Family Hub is co-located with other services and signposts families to services within the same building but is equally integrated with services provided at other delivery sites (described by some as ‘spokes’ of the hub).
The relationships between the Family Hub, families and other delivery sites are equally important to ensure a holistic approach and, as far as possible, a seamless service. An indication that a Family Hub is working well is when a family need tell their story only once and services and people then work together to give that family the support they need.