Implementation toolkit

A collection of coproduced resources for setting up family hubs in local areas.

The modules

The toolkit is based on what the research tells us works for families and has been developed with the input of our evidence partners, participation workers and practitioners.


The Family Hub development process

The Family Hub development process is a systematic approach to assessing local need and delivery; building a strategic case for Family Hubs locally; securing partner commitment to that change and developing a robust implementation process.


Service design and commissioning

Effective service design and commissioning must respond to what children and families say they need and build on best practice, while addressing the gaps and who is being missed.  This module provides practical tips, implementation guidance and case studies giving examples of good practice.



Co-production describes a way of working together in which support providers and those in need of support are recognised as stakeholders and are part of the same decision-making process.


Why Family Hubs?

A Family Hub is a system-wide model of providing high-quality, joined-up, whole-family support services. This module reviews the reasoning, evidence and basis of the Family Hubs approach.


Evidence and evaluation

Evidence and evaluation play a key part of Family Hub development, informing the approach a locality chooses to adopt, and our ongoing learning about how we can improve services to benefit of children and families. 



Family hubs are a way of integrating family services. This module on integration has been designed to be a gateway to other modules in the Family hubs implementation toolkit, which relate to the different elements of integration.


Youth and family hubs

This module is aimed at commissioners, Directors of Children’s Services and leaders involved in service design and improvement of family hub models, with a particular focus on those involved in the design and commissioning of youth provision in local authorities.


Special educational needs and disabilities and family hub planning 

Guidance on how to consider the needs of families with one or more children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in the family hub model development process.


The Best Start for Life

The best start for life: A vision for the 1,001 critical days, commissioned by the Prime Minister and chaired by Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, was published by the Department for Health and Social Care in March 2021.

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