Share your views on Hackney’s Children & Family Hubs proposal
Hackney residents are invited to share their views on the proposed model for Children & Family Hubs.
The consultation focuses on how the Council will develop four Children & Family Hubs, offering support for families with children up to 19 years old (up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND). The consultation will run for six weeks, between 1 June and 13 July 2023.
The proposal seeks to broaden the role of some of Hackney’s strategic children’s centres into four Children & Family Hubs, to deliver integrated services for a wider range of family needs, rather than just offering support for families with young children.
The proposed model will make it easier for parents with children of different ages to access the support and information they need in one place. The model will use a thriving network of children’s centres, youth hubs, libraries, health and community centres and spaces in Hackney, all offering access to information, help and support. Staff across a range of different services will work closely together to support families, children and young people.
The Children & Family Hubs will include a Start for Life programme, funded by the Department for Education and Department for Health and Social Care, focused on providing support for the critical 1001 days from conception to age two. This programme will focus on services for new parents and their babies and young children, such as perinatal mental health and parenting support, parent infant relationships, infant feeding, early language and home learning advice.
More information about the proposals is available in the consultation document, published here.
Accessibility, connectivity and strengthening relationships are the key principles sitting at the heart of our proposal for Hackney’s Children & Family Hubs.
We hope that the proposed model will make it easier for parents and carers to access the support and information they need to provide the best chances in life for every child and young person in Hackney.
We want to make sure that our approach is set to best respond to the needs of the families, children and young people in Hackney. That is the reason why we engaged with parents and carers from the very beginning of this project, and why we are now asking the wider community to also take part in this consultation.