Working with families
The Government’s Supporting Troubled Families Programme was launched in April 2012 with the aim of ‘turning around’ the lives of some 120,000 troubled families by the end of May 2015. This was a unique opportunity to explore how the public sector can work in new and joined up ways to improve and transform the lives of families and communities across Hampshire.
In June 2013, the Government announced plans to expand the Supporting Troubled Families Programme for a further five years from 2015/16 and to reach up to an additional 400,000 families across England.
The families have long standing and complex issues, which the Government estimates costs the taxpayer approximately £9billion a year, most of which is spent on reacting to their problems.
The Department for Communities and Local Government defines troubled families as those who have:
- parents and children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour
- children who have not been attending school regularly
- children who need help
- adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion and young people at risk of worklessness
- families affected by domestic violence and abuse
- parents and children with a range of health problems
On the 1st of January we entered phase 2 of the programme and are now taking nominations for families that hit two of the headline family problem indicators, as shown in the Troubled Families Phase two Early Help Nomination Process and Outcomes Plan 415 kB. For professionals looking to refer a family to the programme this document also gives details on how the referral process works.
If you know of a family that meets 2 out of 6 of the criteria above, please contact your District/Borough Senior Responsible Officers (SRO)