Stronger partnerships in Family Hubs

Published on 23 November, 2023

A partnership launch was held at Kinson and West Howe Family Hub to showcase the wide range of partners providing services to support children, young people and their families as part of the family hub transformation project.

CAN are working closely with BCP Council to ensure community groups are at the heart of the transformation.

Family hubs across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are transforming, following a successful funding boost of £883k from the Government’s Family Hub Transformation Fund.

The additional funding is enabling increased partnership working across the family hub network to help to create ‘one stop shops’ for families providing community-based advice and support services in a timely way. The right support provided at the earliest opportunity can make all the difference.

Representatives from perinatal health, health visiting, infant feeding, early years, childcare settings, schools, family support, early help service, youth services and community and voluntary organisations showcased the support available for local families.

The Charter Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Anne Filer attended the launch and presented certificates to 13 parents who had successfully completed a seven-week Triple P Positive Parenting Programme.

The new ‘Best Start for Life’ digital offer was also presented. From conception to age two years old is a unique time for babies which sets the foundations for lifelong emotional and physical wellbeing for the future. Due to be launched publicly soon, best start for life pulls together details of all relevant support services so parents and carers can easily access what they need during those busy times with a new baby or toddler.

Cllr Richard Burton, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People attended the launch and said, “Our vision is to make BCP a great place to live where all children and young people have the best possible opportunities in life and are supported by the community to flourish and grow, in order to succeed. I was delighted to be part of the family hub partnership launch celebrating working together with our partners to support children, young people and their families in achieving this vision.”

Family hub transformation is part of the Children’s Services Building Stronger Foundations project which is transforming how services are delivered to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The views of children, young people, families and professionals will be essential in the development of family hub services. There will be a range of events, engagement sessions and surveys run over the next six months to better understand what communities want from their family hubs.

If you would like to be involved in this exciting project, please email:

For more information on the Family Hub Transformation Fund and the National Centre for Family Hubs

For more information on the Best Start for Life programme