Practitioners - the role of children's centres in Hampshire
Children’s centres are a Government initiative to provide better outcomes for children, families and local communities. Children’s centres will act as a local hub for a wide range of integrated services.
Integrated services are not only about the delivery of different services from a variety of statutory, voluntary and community partners. It is also about those partners coming together, with parents, to plan a joint vision and agenda to deliver these services through a management team that represents all parties involved.
Children’s centres are not about creating physical buildings, but building on the services that are already in place.
For further information on children’s centres in Hampshire, the services they provide or where your nearest centre is located please follow this link.
Children’s centres shared principles
All children’s centres will work from a shared set of principles:
- working with parents and children
- services for everyone
- flexible at point of delivery
- starting very early
- respectful and transparent
- community driven and professionally co-ordinated outcome driven
The County Council has been working to develop a model of governance that is both robust (in terms of accountability to the local authority) and flexible in meeting community needs.
For further information about the governance of children’s centres, please visit the Governor Services website or contact Chrissy Weibel, Services for Young Children Senior Administrative Officer, on 01256 359002.
Family Support Service Consultation
Children's Services are consulting on a future Family Support Service which brings together the work of children's centres, early help and youth services, aligned with the Supporting Troubled Families Programme. The consultation provides details regarding proposed changes and the proposals for the 0-19 age range service delivery. Visit the Children's Services consultation page for further details.