Thousands of vulnerable or low-income families in England are expected to benefit from a multi-million-pound investment to improve access to early education, health and care services.
Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford, has set out the government’s plans to expand its Family Hubs programme with £20 million of new funding that will support councils to set up new Family Hubs in up to 10 new areas.
Ford said “It is absolutely vital that all families across England have access to the same high quality services in their local communities, no matter where they live. Services like these which offer early help and intervention can make a huge difference for parents and carers, levelling up opportunities for every child to fulfil their potential. That is why we are championing Family Hubs, and this additional £20 million investment will drive forward this programme, helping to grow and expand hubs across the country so that even more parents and children can access the early health and education services we know can have a lifelong positive impact.”
Many councils have already started to open Family Hubs, benefitting families across the country. They often operate an ‘open door’ approach, with families able to have better access to vital services and receive support from a range of professionals, including midwives, health visitors, GPs, schools or social services.
Interface Managing Director, Wendy Weal said “This is good news as Family Hubs bring the vital services that vulnerable families need into one place that is much easier for families, children and young people to access. Interface, has already been working closely with a number of Family Hubs providing consultancy and training as they become established and we can really see the benefits they are bringing”.