The National Programme
In April 2012, the government launched the Troubled Families Programme in order to turn around the lives of 120,000 Troubled Families by May 2015. This was known as phase 1 of the Programme and in June 2013, the government announced plans to expand the Troubled Families Programme for a further five years from April 2015, taking the programme to a significantly greater scale, to reach up to an additional 400,000 families across England. Hull is now taking part in phase two of the programme which started on 1 April 2015. Over the next 5 years we will aim to work with over 3000 families across the city. In Hull our programme is known as Priority Families.
Who Priority Families are
The programme aims, to improve the lives of families with multiple, high cost problems, transform local public services and reduce costs to the public purse in the long term. Families are identified through the merging of many data sets and to be eligible for phase two of the programme a family must have at least two of the following six problems -
- Parents and children involved in crime or antisocial behaviour
- Children who have not been attending school regularly.
- Children who need help: children of all ages, who need help, are identified as in need or are subject to a Child Protection Plan
- Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness
- Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
- Parents and children with a range of health problems
Families are prioritised for inclusion in the programme on the basis of they are families-
- with multiple problems who are most likely to benefit from an integrated, whole family approach
- who are the highest cost to the public purse
How we support the families
Every identified family will have a keyworker or leadworker. A families leadworker will help the family identify the changes that need to take place and give the family the support that is needed to access other agencies.
Lead Workers are trained practitioners that will work closely with the family. They come from a variety of services, with a wide range of skills and experience.
How you know we are making a diference
Every local authority has an outcomes plan, which is used to monitor the progress of the whole family and on achieving all the required outcomes a payment will be received from central government.
In addition to this Family Progress Data across 13 areas of family life is collated at the start, during and post intervention. A random sample of families will also have cost benefit analysis undertaken to evidence savings made in relation to the whole family.
Locally we expect a reduction in the number of households suffering from multiple and complex issues and as a result fewer families requiring costly reactive measures and less pressured services.
Data sharing and the information held
Hull City Council has committed to the Government to deliver the national programme in our area.
In order to fulfil our obligations it is necessary to share information with critical partners. This is not only in delivering the programme but also in evaluating its effectiveness.
In order to identify families, understand the difference we are making and focus on who can potentially access the additional support the programme offers we will be sharing personal records that relate to you.
This might include records in relation to your social care, any involvement with the police, courts and probation, aspects relating to your employment, anti social behaviour, violence in the home, substance misuse, educational attendance and behaviour, vulnerable children and health issues.
The personal data of individuals and families will be linked with information from public agencies. Organisations such as the NHS and health organisations, Department of works and pension, the Police, the ministry of Justice, the probation services, schools and Youth offending Team. The data includes both those people / families only assessed, but also those who have participated in the programme.
The reason to link the information is to help the government and local service providers understand whether or not the programme has been effective in reducing offending, truancy and getting people ready for work and to help improve the service over time.
Data agreements are in place to ensure that -
- the data can only be used for carrying out research
- the linked data cannot be used to make decisions about individuals
- the linked information is anonymised to reduce the risk of individuals being identified
- it will be impossible for any person or family to be identified from any published reports
- the linked personal data will not be shared with or made available to the local authority or any other public agency
- all data is transferred, handled and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act
- appropriate measures are in place to prevent unauthorised use of the data
- the data is destroyed after five years
Early Help and Priority Families Strategy 2015-2020
Download the Early Help and Priority Families Strategy 2015 below -
Priority Families Programme
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