Support for local authorities

We understand that local areas are juggling a number of competing priorities in a complex climate. Whether you’re a senior leader or a practitioner within a local authority, or work in Public Health or the NHS and have an interest in integrating services, there are a variety of ways in which we can support you.

As the National Centre for Family Hubs, we are passionate about supporting local areas to design and develop their offer so that babies, children, young people and their families can access the joined-up, whole family, and inclusive support they need to thrive.

Our team members have experience in a wide range of different sectors which can support you in your family hub transformation, including mental health, education, local governance and leadership, research, health, project management and the third sector.

1. Nationwide support

Many of you will be short of time and might want to have a glance through some of our resources, watch a webinar or attend a live learning event. Please explore our:

National Webinars

2. Regional support

If you would like to find out more about what’s happening at a local level, you can contact your regional advisory representative. We facilitate a number of regional community of practice events and 1:1 support.

You can also join our regional online network by emailing ncfhenquiries@annafreud.org

This is a space to communicate informally with other local authorities. You can ask questions and swap skills. We’ll also post helpful and current information and resources.

Upcoming Regional Events

Regional Communities of Practice

London

  • London community of practice hosted by Kensington and Chelsea on Tuesday, 4th June 2024 – contact: Jayne.Vertkin@annafreud.org

East of England

  • East of England community of practice on Tuesday, 4th June 2024 – contact: Anna.Bedford@annafreud.org

East Midlands

  • East Midlands webinar: Family Hubs – Supporting Young People on Tuesday, 11th June 2024 – contact: Monica.Hingorani@annafreud.org

Yorkshire & Humber

  • Yorkshire & Humber community of practice on Monday, 17th June 2024 – contact: Anna.Bedford@annafreud.org

 

Focus groups / Workshops / Share and learn

  • School Attendance & Family Hubs on Monday, 3rd June and 24th June 2024 – contact: Julie.Greer@annafreud.org
  • London – Share and Learn: Developing an integrated family hub workforce, Merton’s journey on Tuesday 9th July 2024 – contact: Jayne.Vertkin@annafreud.org

 

Thematic communities of Practice

  • Participation community of practice on Tuesday, 9th July 2024
  • Workforce development community of practice on Thursday, 18th July 2024
  • To attend thematic communities of practice, please contact Anna.Bedford@annafreud.org

3. Our consultancy and training offer

If you would like more in-depth support, not just with family hub development, but with wider local authority transformation, we can create a bespoke support package for you. We recommend this takes place in-person but we can adapt this to be online too.  Content includes:

  • In-depth support in the planning, design and implementation of family hubs, local authority and Integrated Care Systems.
  • Training in key topics which support our vision to ‘close the gap’ between the need and provision of mental health support and wider outcomes for children and young people, parents and carers nationwide.

We draw on our centre wide expertise for example: clinical, AMBIT, mental health and wellbeing in schools.

Please email ncfhenquiries@annafreud.org to set up an initial appoint about a bespoke package.

4. Funded local authorities

Some areas have been funded with Family Hub Transformation or Family Hub and Start for Life funding. If this is applies to you, there is additional support from different teams and organisations:

  • Funded areas for the Family Hubs and Start for Life Project

    All funded areas for the Family Hubs and Start for Life Project have a Regional Development Support Advisor and a Regional Delivery Lead from the DfE and DHSE. The team will provide a range of support to you and your wider partners to facilitate the implementation of your plans, and to help influence positive change through the programme in your areas.  The team will be working actively with your regional delivery assurance leads and others to maximise the support available, and to continue to facilitate and encourage networks of peer support and the sharing of best practice.

Regardless of funding status, our role at the National Centre for Family Hubs will be to capture and share the learning and innovation that is being generated though the transformation funded areas as well as providing the wider nationwide and regional support.

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