Family Hubs are designed to bring services together to work with families from conception, through childhood and into adolescence (0 to 18 years, or for SEND needs, up to 24 years). They help meet Principle 1 of Early Help, where parents are seen as children's first source of support.
Family Hubs provide information and access to almost any service a family might need. From day care and early learning to schools and alternative education; from midwifery and health visiting to mental health, and from advice on parenting to family support and adult learning to employment opportunities.
- Diagram showing the services accessed via Family Hubs
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In Doncaster there are 12 Family Hubs, covering the entire Borough, clustered together in four locality areas to make best use of resources and space, along with service partners’ own buildings, with many services delivered in a family's home. Services should be accessible independently by families but also work together when a child, young person or parent/carer has an additional need, or through an Early Help assessment and a Lead Practitioner to support multiple and complex needs. Early Help Coordinators provide support to Lead Practitioners through the Family Hubs.
- A map of Family Hubs around the Borough
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Full addresses and opening times of Family Hubs are on the new and improved Families Information Service.
Family Hubs for children and young people have a distinct brand to attract children and their parents and other family members. Within the Family Hubs brand, a further Youth Hub brand has been developed to appeal specifically to young people.
Families Information Service
Visit their website at www.doncaster.gov.uk/fis
The Families Information Service is a directory of all the services in Doncaster that can be used when you work with families. It is also available for parents or young people to use themselves, when facing almost any family problem, large or small. From day care and early learning to schools and alternative education; from midwifery and health visiting to mental health, and from advice on parenting to family support and adult learning to employment opportunities.
The Families Information Service is designed to promote Principle 1 of Early Help, where parents are seen as children's first source of support.
As from September 2017, the Families Information Service has been upgraded to be quicker and easier to use, and searchable by location and need or issue.