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Troubled Families Update

The Troubled Families Programme (2015 –2020) was developed to achieve significant and sustained progress for up to 400,000 families with multiple, high-cost problems. This is backed by £920m of government investment. This funding supports local areas through a mix of grant funding and payments by results. In addition to the successful progress achieved by families, the programme is also a driver to securing localised transformation of public services working with families with multiple problems through the development of an integrated, ‘whole family approach’. A national evaluation was published in March 2019 about the progress to date and the headlines about the impact the programme is having.

This programme is run from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and managed by upper tier local authorities in England and their partners. The Hertfordshire payment by results element of funding is based upon providing evidence of 4,670 families, across the five years, who have achieved significant or sustained progress against the needs originally identified or families no longer being reliant on out of work benefits through moving into sustained employment. To date, evidence has been submitted for 2,647 families and we now have nine months to evidence the success for a further 2,023 families. Achieving this will generate £1.62 million for the county.

The headline problems for the Troubled Families programme are:

  1. worklessness
  2. poor school attendance
  3. mental and physical health problems
  4. crime and anti-social behaviour
  5. domestic violence and abuse
  6. children who are classified as in need of help and protection.

We need your help! Although we can evidence outcomes for families receiving support from Families First Assessments, Short Term Work, Youth Justice and the work of the Family Safeguarding teams, we are aware that there are a lot of other families receiving support and achieving great outcomes, but the details of these are held on local systems.

Where this is the case, are you aware or specific examples of families you have supported over the last three years, where at least two of the headline problems have been apparent and addressed? Is there also evidence that a worker has led a whole family assessment and action plan, which covers the needs of the relevant family members?

If you can help, please get in touch, as the success achieved could be included in the county submission to MHCLG. For further information, please email Families First support FamiliesFirst.Support@hertfordshire.gov.uk and someone from the Evaluation & Development Team will be in touch.

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