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In the National Centre for Family Hubs Resource Library, we have brought together all the latest evidence and best practice that Family Hubs providers might find helpful to support implementation and delivery in their local area. The library is quality assured and managed by our team of evidence experts and is updated on a regular basis.

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  • Planning early childhood services in 2020: Learning from practice and research on children’s centres and family hubs

    The report sets out to understand contemporary local practice relating to children's centres and family hubs, and to explore how far this current practice, alongside research and evidence, can guide the future development of these important aspects of early childhood services.

    View report summary.

    A full version of this resource is also available here.

  • Family Hubs: A discussion paper

    The 2016 report from the Children’s Commissioner for England provides an overview of what family hubs are, including a rationale for implementing them and a summary of the services that could be delivered as part of an integrated local support offer for children in need and their families.

    View the report.

  • The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days

    Developed as part of the Early Years Healthy Development Review led by Andrea Leadsom MP in 2020, this document outlines 6 areas for action to improve the health outcomes of all babies in England. The review champions the implementation of family hubs to ‘give every baby the best start for life’.

    View full report.

  • Family Hubs: The future of Children’s Centres

    This report examines the role that Children’s Centres can potentially play as Family Hubs, broadening their offer and positioning themselves as one-stop-shops for family support in their local communities for local services and family support. It champions the use of family hubs as expanded children’s centres to support children and families across a wider range of areas including physical and mental health, relationship support, and employability.

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  • Evaluating early help: A guide to evaluation of complex local early help systems

    The guide provides guidance and approaches for local authorities aiming to evaluate or improve their evaluation of complex early help support systems  which may involve many partners and multiple programmes and services.

    The guide is structured around six key principles:

    1. Now where you are starting from
    2. Prioritise outcomes to evaluate
    3. Embed evaluation in commissioning and practice
    4. Use high-quality measures
    5. Make comparisons
    6. Follow through

    View summary report.

    The full version of the report is also available here

  • Early help system guide

    This toolkit is designed to support local strategic partnerships responsible for Early Help System of support to improve families’ resilience and outcomes.

    Although the toolkit has been produced by the national Supporting Families Programme, it includes questionnaires which may be helpful to reflect on current early help systems in relation to local families, communities, workforce and leaders. It also provides guidance for reflection on data management practices.

    View full guide.

  • Integrated Early Years Systems

    This report from the Wales Centre for Public Policy provides an overview of available international evidence on integrated early years systems. It analyses the early years systems in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands and explores the means by which system change has been achieved. Based on the findings, insights regarding challenges and facilitators to adopting integrated early years systems are outlined.

    View the full report.

  • #SortItOut: Family Hubs and Universal Family Support

    This briefing from a number of family and relationship support organisations advocates for the implementation of family hubs to provide a range of services families, including relationship support for parents (together or separated). It outlines key principles underpinning family hubs as well as suggestions for how family hubs could work in partnerships with other services such as a National Online Family Hub and the Reducing Parental Conflict Programme.

    View briefing

  • Think Family: Improving the life chances of families at risk

    This report from the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Task Force advocates for children and adult services to work together to ensure that individual needs are considered within the context of the whole family, building on the family’s strengths and their specific needs to provide tailored support and improve outcomes.

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  • Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant

    This report published by Danny Kruger MP for the Prime Minister on how to sustain the community spirit we have seen through the Covid-19 pandemic sets out proposals to strengthen families, communities and the nation in a new era of economic and social policy. The report asserts that communities must be put at the centre of policy making to address the UK’s social and regional inequalities. The report refers to the Family Hub as vital in bringing together a combination of services for communities to provide the opportunities they need, in bringing together prenatal care, birth registration, health visiting, parenting classes and other services for parents and families in a single building.

    View full report. 

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