Many local authorities have retained the important early years services provided by their Children’s Centres but have also expanded their remit so parents with older children can access the help they need if their children are to thrive. On the Isle of Wight family hubs were sited in children’s centres to coordinate and provide a range of integrated early intervention services, including those funded by Troubled Families programmes. These aimed to prevent children from needing the attention of social services, and to support parents being reunited with their children after a period of local authority care.
Alison Tomes, Locality Service Manager for Doncaster Council tells the story of their Family Hubs journey with particular insight into their performance framework and measuring outcomes.
The Isle of Wight’s model provides universal, targeted and intensive early help and intensive early help and includes services such as Job Centre Plus and Citizen’s Advice. This presentation by Simon Dear (Service Manager for Strategic Development and Commissioning for Children’s Services), and Rachel Mckernan (Assistant Director of Children’s Services for Barnado’s in Hampshire and Isle of Wight), gives a snapshot of their journey of partnership in the development of Family Hubs.