Presentation on theme: "The Families First Programme in Herefordshire"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Families First Programme in Herefordshire Sandra Lloyd:Troubled Families OfficerGo to insert > duplicate slide to add more slides
2 What is the Families First programme? Herefordshire’s response to the National Troubled Families initiativeMulti-agency approach to supporting familiesIts aim is to:“turn around” the most chaotic and challenging families within the countyImprove family and community outcomesReduce the demand on public sector services
3 National Troubled Families Programme 3 year national programme (to 2014/15) launched by the Prime Minister in 2011 and it is led by Louise Casey CB.Government data collected estimated that £9 billion is spent annually on these families – an average of £75,000 per family each yearThe Government is committed to working with local authorities and their partners to help 120,000 troubled families in England turn their lives around by 2015.The government has made available £448 million over 3 years of the programme. This represents 40% of the average cost of turning families around with the remaining 60% coming from local budgets.Part of the TF funding is on a payment by results basis.Based on impact to-date the government has confirmed the programme will run for a further five years from 2015/16 working with 400,000 families.
4 What issues do families have? are involved in crime or anti-social behaviourhave children who are regularly truanting, not attending schoolhave an adult on out-of-work benefitsdomestic violence and abusehomelessness / housing issuesfamilies with health problems eg mental health, drug/alcohol misusedon’t take up early years entitlementschild protection issuescost the public sector large sums in responding to their problemsNational Troubled Family criteria
5 Progress of Families First Programme 3 year target is to “turn round” 310 families by March 2015So far we have achieved this for 174 families.Out of these 174 Families:43 % had Crime & anti-social behaviour47 % had poor school attendance28 % are out of work43% had domestic abuse in the household35% have drug/alcohol misuse issues20% of children are on CP plan39% have mental health issues within the household36% of Families identified have had a child assessed as a Child in Need under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989
6 Progress of Families First cont.. 174 families has secured us “payment by results” of £150k – which means extra funding in the county to support familiesBUT by May 2015We need to have supported another 136 familiesAnd bring into the county potentially another £200kIDENTIFY THESE FAMILIES NOW!
7 How are families helped? Families are identified by partnersFamilies First Team check data with other partners to confirm they are eligibleSome families are already receiving servicesMore complex cases are discussed at multi-agency meeting with support identified and actionedSanctions can be used to encourage families to engageFamilies are monitored to ensure they are achieving positive outcomes – then we can claim the payment by results funding
8 Positive Outcomes achieved: a case study Attention was focussed on a village south of Hereford that showed increasing numbers of ASB carried out by teenagers; police data narrowed it to three families, these teenagers also showed poor school attendanceFF Operational Group agreed to tackle all three families at the same time, joint visits were carried out by police, housing associations and Family Support workers and potential sanctions were discussed with family if they didn’t engage with the help being offeredLocal police officer was asked to change shifts for one week to be able to get one of the children ‘out of bed’ in the morning and to get him to schoolLatest feedback received shows that ASB has reduced and an increased level of school attendancePrevious single agency intervention with the families did not show any improvements
9 What works? Dedicated key worker Supports whole family Gives practical, hands-on supportAssertive, challenging relationshipAgreed plan and outcomes the family want to achieve
10 What can you do?Identify families needing support using ID form on council websiteSpread awareness and understanding of the programmeInvite us to your team meetingsContact us:Sandra Lloyd telLee Bayley tel