Family Hubs are now government policy and several different departments are exploring how the family support they provide can tackle issues they are responsible for, such as reducing parental conflict and ensuring all children get the best start in life. The Department for Education has made specific funds available to local authorities, for example for data-focused projects, which can enhance or help initiate the development of a family hub model in a local area.
Typically, rather than a costly outlay on new infrastructure, a Family Hub model makes use of existing facilities wherever possible and extends and adapts buildings where necessary. Sometimes opening a Family Hub involves rationalising existing provision and realising financial savings, and that is often part of the purpose in shifting to the Hub model for family support in a local area.
However sometimes there is a need for capital investment, and it is always important to ensure ongoing sustainability. There is no one source of funding for the start up and running costs of those Family Hubs which currently exist. In the tiles below we present a range of funding streams local authorities and other lead partners have accessed in order to open and maintain Family Hubs, and will add to these as we learn more from the Network.