More information about the new Family Support Service

About the Family Support Service

The Family Support Service provides a wide range of support to children, young people and families in Buckinghamshire. This includes information, advice and guidance through the Family Information Service, open access sessions fand health services for early years children and parents/carers at a network of 16 Family Centres across the county, which also offer a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years (or up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities). You can drop in anytime during the week at our three Family Centre Plus sites. All activities at Family Centres are free for children, young people and families.

The Service is there for the whole family, not just children but for parents and young people too. Families are able to refer themselves to the service or may be supported by a school, health or other professional who will make a referral on their behalf.

The service can provide support to families and individuals who are facing more complex challenges, through group work or support from a dedicated Family Worker. The Family Support Service does not provide whole-family support when a child or young person is open to statutory Children’s Services, but if specific support is needed (for example parenting, one to one youth support or early years support at family centre sessions), you can make this request for support.

The Service has been carefully designed to provide better, more targeted support for vulnerable families who face a range of issues or more complex challenges. The service provides one-to-one support to families and individuals in a setting that is most comfortable to them, like their home, a local community setting or somewhere else.

More information can be obtained by visiting the Bucks County Council website via the link below:
If you visit the new Family Centre, or have any feedback about the services, please do feel free to provide feedback to either the BCC team or County Councillor Anne Wight.