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Devon family hubs

Update: The Children’s Centre Consultation opened 8 May and closes 3 July 2024, seeking your views and comments on the proposed new approach to how support is delivered to families via Family Hubs. Read the full details and complete the survey.

Children in Devon and their families will see a change to their support services, in line with national Government guidance.

Children’s centres in Devon were first introduced in the late 1990s in response to the government-led Sure Start initiative. They have since supported thousands of young children and their parents, with targeted early years support and other services. But last year, the Government proposed a new initiative, and now the Department for Education and the Department for Health and Social Care are working with local authorities across the UK to roll out family hubs and the ‘Start for Life’ programme.

Devon County Council has announced that it wants to start a transition from children’s centres to family hubs in Devon. This would include working with partners and stakeholders to shape the model. This is likely to take 12 months, with a view to developing and piloting a county-wide family hubs programme to begin in 2025.

We are at the very beginning of our journey towards family hubs. This work involves engagement with you and your community. We have just completed a round of engagement and will be publishing our findings on this page and will use this to inform the development of Family Hubs. However, the engagement will not end here. We will be publishing a formal consultation soon which you will be able to contribute to and we will be continuing to listen, engage and ask for feedback from you throughout this journey.

You can read the full statement on our news pages.

If you wish to be involved, ask questions or provide feedback regarding the development of family hubs please email childrenscommissioningsecure-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

You can learn more about the government’s approach on the GOV.UK website Family Hubs and Start for Life programme and the National Centre for Family Hubs has published a useful overview.

If you would have previously accessed support through a Children’s Centre or if you feel that you or a family you are working with would benefit from a multi-agency approach through a Family hub network you can call the current hub numbers for discussion with an Action for Children member of staff.

Alternatively you can complete an online request form so that you can speak to someone from Action for Children.

If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in Devon,
please complete the request for support online form.

 

If you think that the child is at risk of significant harm,
contact our Front Door directly by calling 0345 155 1071.

 

In an emergency call 999.


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