January 2019

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Troubled Families update

Troubled Families is a programme of targeted intervention for families with multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. It is funded by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and has two elements: grant funding and payment by results. The funding supports early help and service transformation and is championed by the Government to reduce public spending on families who require support from multiple parts of the state. The current phase of the programme runs from 2015 to 2020.

Government pays local authorities by results for each family that meet set criteria or move into continuous employment. Each family must have at least two of the following six problems and there must be evidence to show that outcomes have been achieved in these areas (as illustrated in the diagram below) and sustained for six months:

  1. Parents or children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour.
  2. Children who have not been attending school regularly.
  3. Children who need help: children of all ages, who need help, are identified as in need or are subject to a Child Protection Plan.
  4. Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness.
  5. Families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
  6. Parents or children with a range of health problems.

The programme has less than 15 months to run and decisions about funding beyond March 2020 will be determined by the results of the Government’s spending review later this year.

Since April 2015,  support is known to have been provided to at least 7,003 families (attachments), and this has resulted in 1,795 payments by result claims out of a target of 4,670 (38%). Therefore as a county, we are behind the level that we should be. We are aware that there are families being supported that we have not yet identified and work is being undertaken to address this. This will result in more families known to have achieved successful outcomes. Further updates will be provide in future editions of Families First News.

This document has been created as a simple reference to what improved outcomes look like in terms of the Troubled Families Programme.

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