Representatives from our Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) and Essex County Council attended a Family Hubs Conference at Dean’s Yard, Westminster on 14 February to share good practice with Commissioners and providers from across the country, and discuss innovative ways to maximise the ‘early support offer’ available to families.
The event provided a great opportunity for participants to meet MPs, policymakers and leading Family Hub practitioners to share good practice and discuss delivery models and opportunities for improved integration and service design.
Rt Hon. Nadim Zahawi, who visited ECFWS in November opened the event and spoke of his admiration for the Essex integrated Family Hub model. From that point forward the ECFWS exhibition stand became a hive of activity with interested commissioners and providers from all over the country, keen to hear about what we’re doing and how we achieved it.
The event was funded by Lord Farmer and co-hosted by the government and Westminster City Council, who themselves have recently launched their own Beesborough Family Hub. The government, with considerable input from Rt Hon. (and Leader of the House) Andrea Leadsom and Rt Hon. Nadhim Zahawi have recently published their ‘Manifesto to Strengthen Families’, which has been signed by over 60 MPs and Peers recommending that the Government:
‘Encourage every Local Authority to work with voluntary and private sector partners to deliver Family Hubs, local ‘one stop shops’ offering families with children and young people, aged 0-19, early help to overcome difficulties and build stronger relationships…and put in place a transformation fund and national task force to encourage Local Authorities to move towards this model.’
Zoe Oddy, Lisa Farrell, and countless other colleagues worked tirelessly to prepare our highly sought-after ‘Everyone feels the difference’ brochure, which provides case study examples of how ECFWS has delivered services that have improved outcomes and positively transformed the lives of children and families by offering them intervention and support.
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