Islands approach to supporting families championed


The Isle of Wight’s approach to supporting families has gained government recognition.

The family hub model, designed by the Isle of Wight Council and delivered by Barnardo’s, was discussed by experts at 10 Downing Street, London, recently.

The hub provides early support and intervention to children and families aged up to 19.

The Isle of Wight’s example was championed by the children’s commissioner in 2016 and now features in the Manifesto to Strengthen Families, which is supported by a number of Conservative MPs, recommending all local authorities create family hubs.

Kathy Marriott, Isle of Wight area director for children’s services, was joined by Rachel McKernan from Barnardo’s in London.

She said: “We’re really proud of the work we’ve done and we’re delighted it’s being promoted as a model for other councils to follow.

“We’ll now be part of a working party to help develop this policy, which is testament to what we’ve achieved.”

Rachel McKernan added: “It was a real privilege to attend this event and the invitation reflects the success of the partnership approach between Barnardo’s and Isle of Wight Council to improve the life chances of the
Island’s children and families.”