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1 1 Helping Families: From policy to design to delivery National Community Safety Network Matthew Ainsworth Katie Kelleher Salford City Council Seamus Lynch 18 th September 2013

2 2 This slide pack outlines The backdrop to the national policy focus on Troubled Families The rationale for Salford’s approach to ‘Helping Families’ and progress to date Learning from the programme Our understanding of the money flow Cost Benefit Analysis Sustainability plans

3 3 Background to Troubled Families Pre election: Centre for Social Justice Green Paper on the Family – multi agency emphasis Coalition programme commitment to test a new approach to working with families with complex needs Cross Whitehall focus 16 Community Budget Areas focused on Complex Families (including GM) ESF for Complex families part of Welfare to Work agenda

4 4 Post riots: an extra push on delivery New ‘Troubled Families Unit’ and programme Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will put "rocket boosters" under efforts to turn round 120,000 troubled families in the wake of recent rioting. Mr Cameron said bureaucracy had "held back" this work, and promised to "clear away the red tape". Ref: BBC.co.uk England riots: Cameron to boost troubled-families plans

5 5 National policy drivers Government pledge to ‘turn around’ lives of the 120,000 most troubled families 306k families with children with behavioural problems 120k families with 5+ disadvantages 290k families at risk of severe exclusion 50k families with 5+ disadvantages AND children with behavioural problems The Prime Minister has said that ‘turning lives around’ means getting parents into work, children attending school, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and cutting costs for the State. These are typically families who have histories of intergenerational poor educational outcomes, low skills and worklessness. The challenge is to break this cycle and raise the ceiling of ambition for them. DWP ESF Support for families with multiple problems DCLG Troubled Families Programme Payment by results arrangement with Government for successes achieved

6 6 Defining ‘Troubled Families’ Original definition - five or more of: Poor quality or overcrowded housing Cannot afford a number of food and clothing items No parent in family in work No parent with any qualifications Mother with mental health problems Low family income (60% of mean) At least one parent with longstanding limiting illness Est. 117,000 families nationally Est. 835 in Salford Poor individual outcomes Quality of life impact in neighbourhoods High costs to public services

7 7 Who are ‘Troubled Families’? The national Troubled Families programme will engage and support Salford families that have problems, including parents not working and children not in school, and causes problems, such as youth crime and anti-social behaviour. In identifying who we work with, families must meet two or more of the following criteria: Young person(s) involved in crime or member(s) of the family involved in anti‐social behaviour; Child(ren) in the family affected by unauthorised absence or exclusion from school; Adult(s) in the household out of work and claiming benefits. In Salford we know that families with these problems are also more likely to have other related problems, such as domestic violence, relationship breakdown and poor mental or physical health.

8 Case study: Rationale for Team around the Family approach.

9 ‘As is’ response: confusing, expensive, ineffective (Nov 2009 to Oct 2010)

10 Highly reactive: crisis management (Nov 2009 to Oct 2010) Universal Targeted planned Reactive unplanned

11 11 Helping Families - Context In Salford, we developed a Team around the Family (TAF) model and will work with 835 families over the lifetime of the programme. 479 Troubled Families were initially identified, 300 of whom we started to work with in year 1. Our delivery plan works on the principle of a case co-ordinator model, with more complex cases being intensively managed by workers with small caseloads (e.g. FIP) with less complex families being managed less intensively by workers with much larger caseloads. Locally, we’ve categorised these tiers as Super-Intense, Intense, Normal & Light. We made assumptions on what proportion of our cohort would be managed through which tier, which secondary services they would access and which outcomes would be achieved. These outcomes were apportioned to the relevant agency along with a corresponding financial value (fiscal benefit). This information formed our baseline Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) Our assumptions have subsequently been replaced by actual data for 300 families who have been supported and a refreshed CBA produced.

12 12 Delivery Model

13 13 Team around the Family Approach Current situationNew approach Multiple professionals involved with different family members Named workers for named families Agencies defeated by ‘resistant’ or hard to help’ families. Tendencies to pass cases on or pull resources if there is no progress or the family simply costs too much. Persistence with families backed up by sanctions Overlapping assessments and interventions, agencies efforts conflicting and unaligned with no overall objectives or agreement about what is being aimed for with a family A ‘common endeavour’ among agencies for each family, operating within agreed structures. Existing support services lack focus on work and meaningful activity. Defeatism about these families capacity to work or contribute. Meaningful activity is a consistent aim for the families Services look at individuals or single problems, no attention to how the family works as a system or family history. Rather than just ‘thinking family’ - ‘Doing family’

14 14 Financial Model The delivery model has been costed for the five years 2013/14 to 2017/18 The financial benefits of delivery have been calculated using a mix of modelled and actual data, based on the presenting needs of 300 families, some of whom now have cases closed, some of whom are still being worked with. Some agency benefits are still to captured. For each year of the programme the costs are expected to be circa £2.33m and the annual benefits peak at £3.89m. The cost of Salford’s delivery model is split between primary (Team around the Family) and secondary interventions and is a mixture of cash and in kind. The cost of the Team around the Family primary intervention is £1.18m/annum The cost of secondary interventions is £1.15m/annum The model includes the investment made by SCC for project management, commissioning, IT development, infrastructure support for Locality Panels and significant time of senior staff in design and monitoring of the programme.

15 15 Year 1: Cohort Segmentation Youth Crime and ASB Education Worklessness

16 16 Year 1: Cohort Distribution

17 17 Year 1: Lead Professional Distribution 300 families have been tracked through the TAF process and their distribution is: TierNo of FamiliesCost (£) Super Intense36189,000 Intense145802,695 Normal3659,561 Light83129,516 Total3001,180,772

18 18 Presenting Issues Troubled families have a wide range of presenting needs, examples of which are detailed below Presenting Issues

19 19 Defining success for families Crime/ASB 33% reduction in proven offending for all under 18s in household in the last 6 months, compared to the previous 6 months At least a 60% reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents across the household in the last 6 months Education All school age children in household have had fewer than 3 fixed term exclusions and less than 15% unauthorised absences in the last 3 consecutive terms, AND All school age children who were not on school roll have moved into school, PRU or alternative provision and have had fewer than 3 fixed term exclusions and less than 15% unauthorised absence in last 3 consecutive terms Worklessness An adult in the household has volunteered for the Work Programme or has been attached to ESF Family Support provision in the last 6 months, OR An adult in the household has moved off benefits and into continuous employment (if not already on ESF or Work Programme provision)

20 20 Year 1: Outcomes Achieved Youth Crime and ASB Education Worklessness

21 21 Who pays and who benefits?

22 22 Cost Benefit Analysis The CBA has been prepared by looking at the total annual costs and the indicative results for 300 families. Where actual data is not available prudent modelling assumptions have been used (see benefits assumptions). The CBA will change as more families are supported through the programme and more actual data is collected. A broader range of agencies have agreed to align their resources to year 2 delivery and this will be reflected in the costs base of the next iteration of the CBA. The range of beneficiaries will also increase as the programme develops. The cost benefit analysis (CBA) shows a Cost Benefit Ratio (CBR) of 1:1.38 over a five year period. That is for every £1 spent in the year of intervention there will be a £1.38 benefit spread over five years.

23 23 Case Study Background: M-14 year old, ADHD, not attending school, history of self harming, physical violence displayed towards Mum, posed a risk to the younger siblings in the house, resulting in a Child Protection Plan. To protect the younger children, Step Dad and 2 siblings moved into a different house. Support: Mum was reluctant due to the family previously engaging with other agencies, the family were fed up telling agencies all about their family history, working with them for a short period of time then pulling out with no other support been put in place. The FIP worker started visiting the house a few times a week in order for M to become familiar with her, and over a course of sessions M started to speak openly about her past and the reason to why she was not attending school. An intensive package of support was implemented. Lack of engagement in education, so arranged for the school to provide homework which was collected from the school and taken home. Mum engaged with a parenting worker, helping with enforcing boundaries and exploring methods to help with parenting, and is attending counselling at Salford Foundation. Outcomes (so far): A suitable education placement was found for M & the FIP worker helped her prepare for the new school & supported integration back into education, focusing on expectations and establishing routines beforehand. She has now started attending fulltime. Work around the family has continued, focusing on M’s relationship with Mum and her siblings, the family have become a lot closer, with M and mum’s relationship improved significantly. Mum is now confident when enforcing boundaries and sticking to them. The Child Protection Plans for all the children has now been lifted and the family is now happily living together again under the same roof. Mum and Step Dad are keen to gain full time employment and are being supported by a dedicated Skills & Work Advisor. Mum has now enrolled on a college course.

24 24 Case Study 6 months prior to intervention6 Months post intervention start Presenting issueUnit Cost Number of instancesTotal Cost Number of instancesTotal Cost Child Protection Persistent absence Worklessness Domestic Violence Mental Health Cost of intervention FIP Skills & Work 1308 Parenting Course11000 Total Cost 35, Difference-14,012

25 25 Improving the system We are looking to address a number of considerations in order to maximise the benefits of the Helping Families programme, which include the need for: –An intelligent and integrated process to identify, screen, triage and allocate and families who are already troubled or at risk of becoming troubled. This needs to be underpinned by an ICT platform and consistent data sharing processes. –Resources (capacity & capability) and processes to support performance management, evaluation and CBA development –Governance (accountability and regulatory) to drive integrated working and a ‘family approach’ –Workforce reform to engender integrated working, moving towards more generic/homogenous roles In order to make sustainable changes (and save money in the long term), the focus needs to shift from a reactive agenda of turning around the lives of troubled families to a more preventative agenda focussed on early help.

26 26 Questions?


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