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(UK) Torbay: 3 "Family Hubs" coming to Torbay

Feb 9, 2023, Torbay Weekly: Torbay chosen as trailblazer for Family Hubs https://www.torbayweekly.co.uk/torbay-chose-as-trailblazer-for-family-hubs/

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Torbay is one of 14 'trailblazers' awarded additional funding to to lead the way in delivering ambitious service improvements for families.

As one of the next steps on Torbay’s children’s services improvement journey, the council will be a national leader for the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme and will help establish best practice.

With a Family Hub based in each of Torbay’s three towns, they will support families by bringing together services into one place.

The council will use additional funding to support the implementation of family hubs which will be used to extend the Team Around the Family services that already provide Early Help and support to families across the Bay.

The Hubs will provide support to families from conception through to age 19 or up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), with a great Start for Life offer at their core.

The services will be developed in partnership with local parents and carers to ensure their needs and those of their children are met.

Councillor Cordelia Law, Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We want to provide welcoming, safe and secure spaces to help families to access the right services, from the right organisation, at the right time.

“We understand the difficulty some families face in navigating and interacting with what can be a complex mix of services. We will be working with our partners in health and the community and voluntary sector to co-ordinate and simplify access to the support available.”.

To fast-track delivery of these services, Torbay is one of 14 local authority areas that will become trailblazers and receive extra funding. These trailblazers will lead the way and support other local authorities to improve services that are offered to families, so that these can be rolled out more widely across the country.

As a trailblazer local authority, Torbay will more than £180,000 to progress further and faster, and in their role as system leaders….

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