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1 Joining up Think Family, Troubled Families and the Families Programme Drawing on the Blackburn with Darwen experience from a voluntary sector perspective

2 From the voluntary sector perspective of Bootstrap Enterprises  Elizabeth Taylor CEO of Bootstrap  25 years delivery in Blackburn with Darwen  Working across Pennine Lancashire  Delivering: – Work Programme for Ingeus and A4E 5,188 on Bootstrap's W.P. provision, 1,998 in Blackburn with Darwen – Families Programme for Reed in Partnership to all Family Programme Members (across Pennine Lancashire) – Work Choice for the Shaw Trust in BwD and Hyndburn – Supported Employment – Business start up and Social Enterprise Support, and more…

3 Blackburn with Darwen: Exceptional challenges…. Housing: 61% in Council Tax Band A (the lowest) with 17% of housing stock below Decent Homes Standard Education: 40% of adults with no educational qualifications. Amongst lowest % of NVQ Level 4 attainment in country Health: 36 th worst in the NW (out of 42) with high consumption of alcohol & smoking rates key factors Income: Average earnings 22% lower than national average 12% below Lancashire average Worklessness: 28% of the Borough ‘economically inactive’. 1 in 4 children living in a workless household. Figure static in spite of New Deal and strong performance in economic development / job creation Deprivation: 58% of population live in 25% most deprived Lower Super Output Areas in the country (60% of Children under 16). IMD ranking getting worse!

4 Social Justice This Government’s strategy for Social Justice is about giving individuals and families facing multiple disadvantages the support and tools they need to turn their lives around. The strategy sets out Government’s strong commitment to this agenda. It focuses on exploring how we can tackle the root causes of problems to promote real and sustained changes in peoples’ lives. DWP Website

5 Social Justice 1.Supporting families 2.Keeping young people on track 3.The importance of work 4.Supporting the most disadvantaged adults 5.Delivering Social Justice RELATED STRATEGIES: Those first set out in the Child Poverty Strategy This Government’s Social mobility strategy The principle of better partnership to tackle multiple disadvantage e.g. Healthy Lives, Healthy People

6 What is happening in Blackburn with Darwen: Think Family The Families Programme The Troubled Families Programme


8 THINK FAMILY We started our approach to Think Family long before the Coalition Government was even dreamt of Worklessness, particularly inter-generational worklessness is one of the biggest issues we face as a borough (latest figures are 59.7% of working age people in employment, lowest for at least 10 years, and the gap between BwD and the North West and UK has widened significantly, meaning that the recession has hit harder in BwD than it has in the North West and UK as a whole) ·

9 Blackburn with Darwen “Think Family” Approach commenced January 2010 Pilot with 30 families - 3 very different areas Potential savings between £2million & £7million Aim for roll-out and whole system change

10 BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN – THINK FAMILY Our Think Family approach was developed to respond to local need and local issues, and at every step of the timeline we have worked with Government to influence their thinking and understand their agenda, But we have continued (and will continue) to ensure our local programme meets our needs – our approach is designed to get “up-stream” of the key problems, e.g. we need to try and work with families before they start to cause ASB problems; come to the attention of police or have their children excluded from school Therefore – it has been about prevention.

11 The BwD Think Family Offer A whole service approach to families: – Identify families at risk to provide support at the earliest opportunity – Meet the full range of needs of each family being support – Develop services that can respond effectively to the most complex families – Strengthen the ability of family members to provide care and support to each other Fundamentally change the way we, as a partnership, support our vulnerable families Encourage families to become active participants in their service design; delivery and commissioning Avoid costly duplications and attempt to manage increasing demand on social care Secure better outcomes for families and borough

12 Think Family ‘Collaborative working between service providers and local communities in building the resilience and resourcefulness of families in Blackburn with Darwen’ Neighbourhoods Engagement Model: Capacity Building Facilitation LIS principles Community Budgets: Reconfiguring the finance governance model Review of LSP commissioning arrangements Whitehall to local negotiation/devolution Excellence in partnership working: ‘Shared’ outcomes & Joint Delivery Planning Transformation e.g. LPSB and CT+ Resilience mapping/ planning Co-production: Participatory finance / local co-commissioning Residents and the VCS e.g. Shadsworth ward BIG LOCAL delivery Integrated Service Provision: Use of Shared N’hood Teams/Area Agency P’ships/Joint Delivery e.g. Health & VCS in Children’s Centres Personalisation Strategic remodelling Bringing it all together – Bottom-up remodelling (Local Integrated Services)

13 THINK FAMILY Getting people into work is one of the aims of the Think Family, but BwD recognise that there are many factors that need to be addressed for our families, before they will be ready to reach that stage The Think Family model is focused on building emotional capacity, to encourage the family recognise the key issues that are impacting them and take steps, that they identify, to address those issues

14 The change in emphasis to Troubled Families Community Budgets for Families with Complex Needs has now been overtaken by Troubled Families agenda, as Government felt the community budget pilots were not moving quick enough The Troubled Families initiative, is aimed at accelerating the delivery of outcomes. There is some conflict between Think Family and the Troubled Families key focus – Troubled Families is not aimed at prevention, it’s aimed at dealing with the problem)

15 The Troubled Families Programme Troubled families are households who o Are involved in crime and anti social behaviour o Have children not in school o Have an adult on out of work benefits o Cause high costs to the public purse The majority will be families who have been on different services’ radars The programme provides a new approach to these families

16 Identifying families locally 1.Crime and anti social behaviour 2.Education (households affected by truancy or exclusion from school) 3.Work, once 1 and 2 are identified, households which also have an adult on out of work benefits 4.Local discretion filter, families who meet any 2 of the 3 above who are of concern

17 Troubled Families funding The funding provided under the Troubled Families payment by results arrangements will be available for five out of six troubled families in each upper-tier local authority. This is to avoid paying twice for the same outcomes. Government funding has already been provided to support these remaining families. For example, the Department for Work and Pension's £200 million+ European Social Fund provision, the Work Programme

18 Troubled Families funding The payment by results criteria are: more than 85 per cent attendance in schools and fewer than three exclusions from school a 60 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour across the whole family and a 33 per cent reduction in youth offending = £3,900 Plus progress towards work such as enrolment in the Work Programme or the European Social Fund provision for troubled families = £100 Or One adult in the family moving off benefits and into work =£4,000 Local authorities are expected to make up the remaining 60 per cent of the average £10,000 cost of a successful family intervention.


20 DELIVERING THE FAMILIES PROGRAMME Families Programme indicative profiles for Blackburn with Darwen : Attachments 1,123 Progress measures 2,877 Sustained jobs 247

21 THE FAMILIES PROGRAMME DELIVERY SUPPORTING WORKLESS FAMILIES : The families Programme is designed to support workless families. It will run alongside local authority support, the Work Programme and other provision to overcome barriers to work. Participants expected to complete at least 3 Progress measures to overcome barriers to work

22 THE FAMILIES PROGRAMME DELIVERY To be eligible participants must: Volunteer for the programme Have at least one family member who is claiming a DWP out of work benefit Be over 16 years of age Have a family history of intergenerational worklessness and/or have no one currently working in their family

23 THE FAMILIES PROGRAMME DELIVERY PROGRESS MEASURES, in 5 clusters: Your Path to Work Gaining work experience Achieving qualifications and skills Improving literacy and numeracy Exploring self employment Gaining part time or temporary work Supporting carers into work Staying in post 16 education and training Your Family Building on family relationships Developing parenting styles Addressing household tension Arranging childcare support Strengthening family and school relations Supporting carers into work

24 THE FAMILIES PROGRAMME DELIVERY Your Mindset Increasing motivation Planning for a positive future Developing ambition Your Health and Home Managing finances Improving mental well being Improving physical well being Increasing housing stability Managing and overcoming addiction Your Local community Engaging in community activities Increasing social development Handling social pressures Identifying travel solutions


26 Families Programme The Troubled Families Programme Think Family PROGRESSION Into Work

27 Elizabeth Taylor Bootstrap Enterprises

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