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Funding secured to help children get the best start in life in Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley is to benefit from a share of the £302m Best Start for Life fund, which aims to improve access to targeted and specialist services to support children and families to get the best start in life.

This can include parent infant mental health services, supporting families through the pregnancy and post-natal period and during a child’s first 0 to 5 years of their life.

Knowsley is one of 75 local authorities to have secured the funding which will include the creation of new Family Hubs to ensure the right targeted support is available, aligned to local needs.

The Family Hubs will focus on prevention and early intervention in order to prevent issues from escalating and ultimately, the aim is to improve the life outcomes of children and families in Knowsley. Importantly, it will also provide an invaluable support network for families who may not have anyone else.

The hub will give parents advice on how to take care of their child and make sure they are safe and healthy, providing services including parenting and breastfeeding support.

Ensuring every child is properly supported throughout their life is vital to help them to thrive in the future as well as helping them to achieve their potential.

Julie Moss, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said “This funding will help our children and young people to get the very best start in life, helping them to achieve their potential as they move into adulthood.

“Family Hubs will offer localised early help and intervention, from early years support to parenting classes – all of which can make a transformative difference in the lives of parents and carers who may not have a support network.

“This funding will help us to ensure that our vulnerable families are getting the right support at the right time and ultimately supporting our children and families to thrive.”

A programme to deliver the Family Hubs in now being developed. This will include parent-infant relationship and perinatal mental health support, improving access to a wide range of integrated support services for families with children aged 0-19 years, breastfeeding support services and parenting programmes.