Cornwall’s Troubled Families programme two years on

Two years in to a three year programme and Cornwall’s Together for Families partnership (Gov calls it Troubled Families) has been praised for its work in turning around the lives of over 600 families with the most complex needs. Cornwall Council with its partners has supported 614 families during this period.

Families who meet the criteria for the programme are offered additional support from a range of partner agencies from across the area.

Helping families includes:

  • children are back in school for three consecutive terms where they were previously truant or excluded
  • high levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced
  • and/or adults that were on benefits have been in work for at least three months
  • Cornwall’s partnership, which includes Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Health commissioners, Probation, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Education Welfare, Youth Offending team, Careers South West and representatives of the voluntary and community sector (including Action for Children and Addaction), was set up in 2012 following the launch of the programme.

    The bigger picture is 52,833 of the most troubled families in England had been put back on track by local authority teams since April 2012.

    The aim of the three year national programme, which was launched by Prime Minister in March 2012, is to support local organisations, which are working with families identified as having the most complex needs. Under the programme key workers work with families to identify the support they need to address their problems and then help them to access a package of both mainstream and specialist support.

    Local partnerships can apply for up to £4,000 of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government for each family they successfully support to change their behaviour. This funding is allocated in two phases – an up front fee and a “payments by results” part which is dependent on providing evidence of positive achievements.

    For me it is critical that we work with the families directly with our partner agencies by helping the families overcome the difficulties they face. The results of this programme shows that tackling the issues as a family unit works and helps achieve positive outcomes.

    Another success of the programme is many key people and organisations have come together to help families. That in its self is a huge success.

    Further information on the Together for Families Programme, which is designed to deliver the national ‘Troubled Families’ Agenda, is available HERE

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