Families in York will be able to access services, support and advice from a wide range of child and health professionals in new Family Hubs in the future thanks to a £950k transformation fund.
City of York Council is one of seven areas in the UK to be awarded the funding to develop a Family Hub model by the Department for Education. The new hubs will deliver support services for the whole family, from conception, through a child’s early years, until they are 19 years of age (or 25 if they have special educational needs and disabilities).
The hubs will enable services such as midwifery, health visitors, mental health support and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to be provided in one place for the first time. The aim is to ensure that everyone is able to access the help and support they need at an early stage, tackling any issues before they escalate, reducing disadvantage and achieving better outcomes for all children and young people.
Detailed proposals for the hubs will be developed in conjunction with local children, young people and families, but the council has committed to the Family Hubs being up and running by March 2024, as well as ensuring that they will involve partners from organisations across the city.
The council’s vision for the new Family Hubs is that they will:
- Be both a physical and virtual ‘single point of access’ offer of help and meaningful support that makes a positive difference in children’s lives.
- Provide services and support that take the strengths of the city’s services and voluntary sector and pulls them together into seamless support for families; and is governed in a way that sees families and young people continually represented
- Prioritise the crucial first days of children’s lives – delivering the strategic ambition of York’s Health and Wellbeing Board to reduce inequalities, building strong trusting relationships as a platform from which 0 – 25 support can be built.
- Provide a citywide focus for services and support around:
- Early language development / home learning environment
- Teenagers and adolescence
- Mental health