Hackney Council has been consulting on how we develop some of our existing children’s centres into four Children and Family Hubs.
Children and Family Hubs will offer help and support to families from conception up until age 19 (or 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities).
The hubs will bring together staff working across a range of different services, including the Council, health services and voluntary and community organisations. The hubs will act as a ‘one stop shop’ to offer guidance and advice for families, including infant feeding, debt and welfare advice, mental health support, health services and family support.
The consultation is now closed
You can read the full proposals and find out how to take part. The consultation closes on 13 July 2023.
If you would like more information about Children and Family Hubs email email@example.com
Engagement with parents, families and communities
Hackney’s vision for Children and Family Hubs has been informed by extensive engagement with families across the borough.
We’ve spoken with almost 300 parents, carers and families to help develop new ways of working for families and their children until they reach the age of 19, or 25 in the case of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Between October 2022 and January 2023, families, children and young people were invited to participate in workshops and interviews at stay and play sessions and events. At the same time, a wider engagement survey captured the views of parents, carers and professionals who may not have taken part in workshops. The Council also held engagement events with staff and with Voluntary and Community Sector organisations. More than 70 parents participated in preparing the guidance for new parent carer panels to be set up later this year.
This insight has informed the proposed model for Children and Family Hubs and will be used to inform future ways of working for Council services and our partners.