Introduction

Family Hubs are centres which enhance integrated working by enabling easier access and better outcomes for families, more effective service delivery, and smarter use of budgets.

We want every community, in all four nations of the United Kingdom, to enjoy the benefits of Family Hubs, so all families who need support can access it. The Family Hubs Network connects those running existing Hubs through the information provided on our website and our events. We advocate for the spread of Family Hubs by increasing awareness among national and local policy makers and commissioners. We disseminate news about innovative and effective work on the front line of family support.

The Family Hubs Network is not affiliated to a political party.

Why Family Hubs

We and others have been championing Family Hubs for over a decade and new ones are opening all the time through ‘bottom-up’ change which we want to help policy-makers and politicians in national and local government understand. We set up the Family Hubs Network as an infrastructure organisation to help grow and give shape to this emerging movement. We provide a learning environment where local authorities and others can share examples of good practice, journeys of system change and how they have formally and informally evaluated their progress.

Through the website we aim to map how this movement for early and accessible family support is growing across the country and systematically capture:

  • What types of Hub are operating. 
  • Where these Hubs are. 
  • What specific, local needs they are meeting.

The term ‘Family Hub’ means different things to different people and centres which operate as Family Hubs are often called different things such as integrated hub, children’s hub and early help hub or are still referred to as children’s centres or family centres.

So we aim to bring clarity to the term and help those who want to become Family Hubs to evolve and improve their practice by learning from others in the Network.