Family Hubs: Best Practice, A private roundtable with Will Quince MP, Minister for Children and Families

Family Hubs: Best Practice, A private roundtable with Will Quince MP, Minister for Children and Families

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 11:00 - 12:30

The CSJ believes that family hubs are key to giving the UK’s most disadvantaged families the best support. We first introduced the concept in 2006 with our Breakdown Britain report and we are delighted to see them included in the Government agenda. Friendly, accessible and community-based, family hubs provide a range of support services aimed at stabilising the family unit, as well as promoting the child’s healthy development. And all can signpost parents to assistance with domestic violence, substance misuse and couples counselling. Family hubs are key to a levelling up agenda and the Government has shown its commitment to these new settings, investing £82 million into their roll out.

We hope our discussion will inform policy development by addressing questions such as

  • What shape should these hubs take? Should their offer be standardised or should the hubs be allowed to grow organically, in response to local demands?
  • Who should fund the hubs?
  • Are there lessons to be learned from Sure Start — which shared so many features of the new network?

We want to hear from different stakeholders about best practice, challenges and models that could be scaled up.

Speakers

CHAIR - Cristina Odone

Head of Family at the CSJ

Will Quince MP

Minister for Children and Families

Rachel de Souza

Children’s Commissioner for England

David Hoare

Chairman of HEART MAT

Kathy Sylva

Professor of Educational Psychology, Oxford University

Ed Vainker

CEO of the Reach Foundation

Mei Lim

CEO Feltham Reach Children’s Hub

Aida Cable

CEO, Thrive at Five

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