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Children First Hubs

About

Children First Hubs offer a range of services for families in Wakefield District and can provide coordinated support to families experiencing at least two of the following issues:

  • School attendance problems
  • Have a child who needs help
  • Domestic abuse
  • Employment and debt problems
  • Health problems
  • Crime and Anti-social behaviour problems

 

If you are having issues with any of the above or any other similar problems, getting support as soon as possible could be really important.

Children First Hubs can offer short term coordinated packages of support (outcome focused interventions) where a need has been identified by the lead professional, for example, parenting support. The Hubs can also provide support to practitioners to develop their skills around being the lead professional. You can download a leaflet here http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/Documents/schools-children/children-first-hub.pdf

You can also find out about ongoing events and activities held in each of the Hubs and Children Centres here. http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-children/early-help/children-first-hubs/children-first-hub-events



How does getting help early work?


First Step - talking with you

A support worker will ask about any problems you’re having and what support you think might help.

They will complete an ‘Early Help Assessment’ with you which will show what other help may be needed. The information from this assessment will be kept on file, meaning you won’t have to repeat your story to lots of different professionals.

Second Step - the plan

You will meet with your support worker and any other professional who may be able to offer help, in order to discuss what kind of support is available to you. This will then be agreed in a plan between you and your support worker, which will show who is going to do what and when.

Third Step - the review

After an agreed time, everyone will come back together to see how things are going and if any changes are needed. This will continue as long as required to ensure the plan is always suitable to you and your family.

Support at every step

You will never be alone during this process. Someone will be identified as being your ‘Lead Professional’. Your Lead will be your main contact for any problems or questions you have and will always keep you informed. You will be fully involved every step of the way.

Getting the best results

In order to ensure the best results we encourage you to:

  • Ask questions and get involved
  • Be as open and honest as possible
  • Keep agreed appointments where possible
  • Let us know if you don’t understand or if you are unhappy with anything.

 

You can request help from a Children First Hub, or this may be suggested to you by someone you are in contact with - such as a health visitor or teacher.

To make a request for direct support from the Hubs, a referral form must completed by a professional, click here for a referral form http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-children/early-help/children-first-hubs and include an up to date assessment.


Who will work with us?


This approach will bring together different professional groups who will be able to offer a whole range of support to you.

For example, this may include:

  • Schools/Nurseries
  • Health Visitors
  • Housing Professionals
  • Substance Misuse Agencies


Contact us

Castleford / Pontefract Hub

Opening hours and location
Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5pm

Airedale Children’s Centre
The Square
Castleford
WF10 3JJ

Tel: 01977 724 350 
Email: cfhnortheast@wakefield.gov.uk

Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sessions and activities 8:30am to 9pm

Featherstone / South East Hub

Opening hours and location
Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5pm

Platform 1
Wakefield Road
Hemsworth
WF9 4AB

Tel: 01977 722 305
Email: cfhsoutheast@wakefield.gov.uk

Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sessions and activities 8:30am to 9pm

Central Wakefield Hub

Opening hours and location
Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5pm

City Limits
Thornhill Street
Wakefield
WF1 1NL

Tel: 01924 303 272
Email: cfhwakefieldwest@wakefield.gov.uk

Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sessions and activities 8:30am to 9pm

Normanton / Rural Hub

Opening hours and location
Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5pm

Block A
Normanton Town Hall
High Street
Normanton
WF6 2DZ

Tel:01924 307 878
 
Email: cfhmidwakefield@wakefield.gov.uk

Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Sessions and activities 8:30am to 9pm

Last reviewed: 14/02/2019