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 will involve consultation and engagement with you and your community. Please check back regularly to this page to find out about our upcoming community engagement events. We will also update any learning and feedback from these here.
If you wish to be involved, ask questions or provide feedback regarding the development of family hubs please email email@example.com.
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: What are Family Hubs? Family hubs and early help.
In the meantime, nothing has changed for now in the way families access support and guidance – visit the early help pages on this website for more information.
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