Improving early help services

6. A network of Family Centres

The new Family Support Service is an integrated, locality-based service which is a significant change to the current range of directly delivered services.

From 2 September 2019 children, young people and families will be able to access a network of 16 family centres offering:

  • Open access (universal) sessions for families with children aged 0-5 (on average 2 sessions per week, per centre).
  • Access to health clinics and drop-in sessions, run by health professionals.
  • Programme of targeted activities to support families 0-19 (up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities) with specific challenges.
  • Parenting group sessions, youth mentoring, support for young carers, support for those young people not in employment, education or training, healthy eating, budgeting and benefits and other community-led activities.
  • Drop-in support, advice and guidance at Family Centre Plus sites, five days a week.

Family Centre Plus sites will be open for families to drop-in to get advice and to discuss any issues. Some health services will also be delivered from these centres, providing additional expertise and opportunities to identify emerging concerns that might require additional support.

Please note that health services will continue to be provided at the 16 family centres from September 2019. The health teams have also committed to continue local delivery of health services near those centres that will be repurposed. Details of exact locations will be provided in due course.

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Last updated: 17 May 2019

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