Information about Family Hubs, a a government led programme designed to give every child the best start in life.
You may have known them previously as Children's Centres.
The service is designed to offer a range of opportunities and early intervention services which are appropriate to meet the needs of children, young people and their families.
Each Family Hub provides different activities to meet the needs of the local community, including family support, social care services and childcare. The centres are divided by geographical area into four area teams: central, east, north and south. For information on the Family Hubs in each respective area, click on the relevant button below:
Below is a table to help you decide which is the best Family Hub for you. Please be aware that not all areas in Doncaster will be in the list below as the areas listed are where the sessions run for the Family Hubs.
|Central - Central, Balby, Wheatley, Cantley, Bessacarr, Intake and Belle Vue|
|East - Armthorpe, Stainforth, Moorends, Dunscroft, Hatfield, Barnby Dun, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Thorne|
|North - Bentley, Adwick, Askern, Carcroft, Highfields, Scawsby, Sprotbrough|
|South - Conisbrough, Denaby, Rossington, Mexborough, Edlington, Finningley and Torne Valley|
As well as providing activities for the community, the early help service will offer a range of opportunities and early intervention and prevention services which are appropriate to meet the needs of children, young people and their families. These services will be delivered in the community in partnership with partner agencies such as health, schools and social care and through the children's and youth centres listed above.
Services cover children and their families from conception through to 19 years old or up to 24 years old where appropriate (children with a disability). The types of service you can expect to access include universal services (open to all) and family support evidence based interventions (referred).
|Service||Access to service||0-11 year old service||11-19 year old service|
Universal services (open to all)
You just have to be a parent/carer or a young person.
For 0-11 year olds, we offer an early years development approach with services including stay and play, personal development, health drop-ins and transitioning to school sessions.
For 11-19 year olds, we offer a life skills development approach with services including information on getting into work and education, Youth Council access and elections and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
|Family support evidence based interventions (by referral)|| |
This service is available through simply walking into a youth centre or children’s centre, or through a referral process involving groups such as the integrated family support service.
In addition to universal services, we offer extra support services for 0-11 year olds including parenting programmes and one to one support.
In addition to universal services, we offer extra support services for 11-19 year olds including one to one support, counselling, and sexual health guidance.
PRIVATE FOSTERING WEEK
3rd – 7th July 2017
Doncaster Children Services Trust will be taking part in a national awareness week commencing 3rd – 7th July 2017, to increase people’s knowledge of the laws surrounding private fostering arrangements.
A private fostering arrangement is when a young person aged 16 and under, or 18 if disabled, is being looked after by another adult who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more. ('close relative' is someone related by blood/ affinity, e.g. uncle, aunt, grandparent. Others, e.g. friend, neighbour, great aunt, step parent, are private foster carers…). It is a private arrangement between the parent/ person with parental responsibility, and someone else.
To help keep children and young people safe, the government has made it the law for anyone looking after someone else’s child to tell their local Children Services. In return the Children Services has a duty to make sure the child is safe and ensure carers get the support or advice they need whilst looking after the child.
Throughout the awareness week, Doncaster Children services is asking anybody who is partaking in or knows somebody who has a private fostering arrangement to get in contact for further information.
Residents can find out more or notify the Children Services of a private fostering arrangement by calling 01302 737777, or ask to speak to the Fostering Team on Tel: 01302 737789.