Governments and service providers are becoming increasingly aware that early childhood and family support services need to be reconfigured to effectively support children and families. Child and Family Hubs are a promising solution as they are focused on integrating existing service systems and programs to better meet the unique needs of families in diverse communities in Australia.
The National Child and Family Hub Network is working collaboratively to build an evidence-base on what works for Hubs, and enable evidence-informed decision making at a service and policy level to optimise Hubs. In addition, the Network plans to coordinate a community of practice and other opportunities for Hubs to connect and learn from one another.
The Network aims to:
- support innovative research with leading Australian academics, service providers and governments to strengthen Child and Family Hubs
- ensure policy and funding decisions for Child and Family Hubs are informed by evidence about what works to make a difference for children and families
- enable the development of tools and resources to support the design, delivery and evaluation of Child and Family Hubs
- help optimise Child and Family Hubs
- improve the wellbeing of children and families across Australia, particularly those experiencing disadvantage.
National Child and Family Hubs Network members span various disciplines and have a shared interest in Child and Family Hubs. The Network acknowledges the support of the Ian Potter Foundation, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre) and Children’s Health Queensland.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.