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New funding for Wirral Children’s Services

23 May 2022
Wallasey Town Hall building from Brighton Street

Wirral Council is one of just 12 local authorities to have been awarded up to £1 million the Government’s Family Hubs Transformation Fund.

The funding will be used to support the authority with the costs of moving to a family hubs model.

Family hubs are a ‘front door’ to a range of early help, public health, and wider support services

They are a way bringing existing family help services together to improve access, connections between families, professionals, services, and providers, and putting relationships at the heart of family help.

How services are delivered varies from place to place, but the following principles are key to the family hub model:

• More accessible – through clearly branded and communicated hub buildings, virtual offers and outreach.

• Better connected – family hubs drive progress on joining up professionals, services and providers (state, private, voluntary) – through co-location, data sharing, shared outcomes and governance.

• Relationship-centred – practice in a family hub builds on family strengths and looks to improve family relationships to address underlying issues.

Wirral Council’s Director of Children’s Services, Simone White, said: “This is fantastic news. There were 84 different local authorities bidding to be one of the twelve so it is a real positive we have been chosen.

“Our aim is always to help families in Wirral achieve the best outcomes they possibly can and this will help them even more to be able to access the help they need when they need it.”

More details of the announcement can he found on the Government website and the full announcement to parliament is here.