2 What is Family Focus Plus? Family Focus Plus (FFP) is Southwark’s Troubled Families programmeNationally agreed target of improving outcomes for 1085 families in Southwark by 2015aimed at families who are experiencing multiple difficultiesPayment by Results modelCore objectives:reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviourreduce truancy and/or exclusion from schoolreduce the number of people not in work and claiming out-of-work benefitsTF is a national programme that we are required to deliver on a local level. Nationally prescribed eligibility and outcome measures however locally determined approach- which is something we are working throughPayment by results – this is how we will be funded going forward against the success and results that services have
3 Who is it for? To be eligible families must meet at least two from A-C A. Children excluded (permanent or 3+ fixed term), or not on a school roll, or school attendance less than 85%, or, attends Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or alternative provision or any other equivalent attendance concernB. Anti-social behaviour (ASB) by any member of the family, or offending by anyone under 18 in the familyC. Adult(s) in the family receiving out of work benefitsD. Any other high risk concerns, such as social care, domestic violence, housing, health issues etcASB includes an incident of domestic violence and there can also be professional concern about engagement with violence in the familyIf a family meets the FFP criteria, a tracking tool must be completed so that they can be attached to FFP.
4 Eligible family examples Domestic violence between son and mumDad receiving out of work benefitComplaints by neighbours re ASBOne child less than 85% attendance6 year old daughter attendance 90% however professional concern due to 10% unauthorised absence14 year old excluded due to anti social behaviour issuesCurrently receiving support from school SENCONo adult in the family workingChildren attendance between 50% and 65%Father in prison for crime 11 months agoYoung son engaged in criminal gang activityCase open to children’s social careYoung person receiving support from gangs interventionMum receiving out of work benefit5 year old daughter not on school role
5 FFP in SouthwarkAims to ensure a coordinated offer of support that is family-focussed and makes a difference to outcomes of families that meet the national criteria.Opportunity to think differently about how local system supports families with the most complex needs and ensure the outcomes of individual families improve from the point at which they first engage with local services.
6 How are services involved? Professionals working with families are required to:Attach eligible families they are working with to the Family Focus Plus programmeTake on a lead professional role to support whole families towards target outcomes, where appropriateProfessionals are supported by:FFP Champions –available for each serviceSouthwark’s Virtual Professional Network
7 Why attach a family?Attract as much funding to the borough as possible for services to TFGet intelligence on other services involvedUse resources to best effectDevelop an evidence base of what works in supporting families with complex needsProvide an opportunity to think and work differently with familiesFunding: to help replace the deficit from the recent and ongoing efficiency savingsBuild an evidence base of what works in improving outcomes for families with complex needs – the aim of the programme is to build an infrastructure of effective support by the end of the programme in Current services that are effective in supporting families should attach their families to ensure they are evaluated as part of what works through the tracking of outcomesProvides an opportunity to work differently with families – providing a more personal approach for example use of personal budgets to purchase respite, or sports club activities or the purchasing of specialist support e.g. CAMHS support or specialist assessments. The programme follows the FIP principles of sanction and reward therefore as long as provision will support improvement in outcomes and the family are aware of the need for improvement in outcomes to ensure ongoing
8 Lead Professional Responsibilities… FFP identifying/ tracking responsibilities:Attach families that meet the TF criteria (where they have not already been attached)Report progress of families to the intelligence hub via the tracking toolEscalation of families that are not making sufficient progress towards expected outcomes to the identified FFP Champion within the service.Informing Intelligence Hub if no longer LP, so replacement LP can be identified/ allocatedGather and maintain evidence of achieving expected outcomesEvidence - In making return it is LP and manager’s responsibility to ensure that appropriate evidence and documentation is retained to support what has been reported. You (Evidence does not have to be submitted with return, but the case file may be subject to a random audit in future)
9 …Lead Professional Responsibilities (cont’d) ‘LP role’ responsibilities:Working to improve outcomes for families, including:Coordinate the professional network around familiesHands on approach with support from others to achieve goalsEnsure there is an:up-to-date family assessment (where there is no statutory assessment a CAF should be used), where there is not, to undertake oneup-to-date delivery plan and appropriate Team Around the Family (TAF) to support families achieve the required outcomes
10 Family Focus Plus Virtual Professional Network: Should you identify 2 or 3 additional VCS provision has already been commissioned to support families including:Southwark Works (employment)Family LivesFamily ActionSt Giles Trustor lead professionals and families can identify specific requirements to support improving outcomes of the family and this can be requested via the intelligent hubThroughout the programme the virtual network of specifically commissioned services will continue to grow as specific requests are made by families and lead professionals
11 Specialist Family Focus Team Structure Chart Increased capacity in Specialist Family Focus Team including additional disciplines in line with features of the FFP cohort – nurse practitioner, adult mental health worker and EWOSpecialist Family Focus TeamStructure Chart
12 VCS Commissioned Services Bespoke commissioned services providing an opportunity to think differently about the support offered to familiesCommissioned via an outcomes based commissioning exercise bringin creativity into the process and supported by an ongoing in practice development working group from across the VCS and SFFT
13 What do I do now? Identification and attaching families: If you are working with a family who meet the FFP eligibility criteria → complete a FFP Tracking Tool and submit toThe intelligence hub will validate the eligibility and formally ‘attach’ the family to the programInformation should be provided on the whole familyNotification should be made where additional support is requiredAs mentioned this phaese is about identification – once we have identified the cohort then we can begin to work through what provision needs to look like to support achieving the required outcomes for families. This is something that will be co-designed with services (and working holistically is about an evidence base for what is effective)
14 Need more details?See Guidance for Operational Services for further informationFor any support pleaseAny questions?My advice is for any detailed questions outside of identification then I would push back with ‘this is what we will be working through once we have an attached cohort’And for any technical details refer them to Jane Hawkins