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A Community Budget for Supporting Leicestershire’s Troubled Families Strategic Outline Case. Key Messages. Leicestershire’s Ambition for Our Troubled Families. Significantly improving outcomes for families and their children Reducing the current costs of public services.

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Key messages

A Community Budget for Supporting Leicestershire’s Troubled Families

Strategic Outline Case

Key Messages

Leicestershire s ambition for our troubled families

Leicestershire’s Ambition for Our Troubled Families Troubled Families

Significantly improving outcomes for families and their children

Reducing the current costs of public services

“Our heart tells us we can’t just stand by… Our head tells us we can’t afford to keep footing the monumental bills for social failure. we have got to take action to turn troubled families around”

David Cameron, 15th December 2011


National update
National Update Troubled Families


5 Troubled Families

6 Troubled Families

7 Troubled Families

Troubled families profile 1300
Troubled Families Profile: 1300 Troubled Families

49% of households have some form of mental health problem

Rises to 81% with Alcohol & Drug misuse

64% have educational risks

truancy, >15%, SEN, exclusions, class behaviour, PRU

57% solely or heavily reliant upon state benefits

75% actually in receipt of benefits

1 in 2 families involved in crime / ASB

96% have at least one family dysfunction risk

DV, Behaviour, Poor Parenting, Safeguarding, unstable relationships etc

36% of families have a physical health condition


Troubled families make up
Troubled Families make up… Troubled Families

77% of Domestic Violence Casework

Sourced from pilot work Summer 2010

70% of families assessed by children’s social care are either TF or Threshold (Initial or Core)

79% of Youth Offending Service Casework

96% of CAF CasesTF (69% of casework)

Threshold (27% of casework)

48% of Attendance Improvement Service cases

100% of Probation Casework where probationer is a parent


District prevalence of tf families across domains 1300
District prevalence of TF families across domains (1300) Troubled Families









Services that know families with crime asb issues
Services that know families with Troubled Familiescrime/ASB issues


Common issues for families
Common issues for Families Troubled Families

Confusing landscape of public services

Isolation in their communities

Public services ‘do to them’

Lack of or limited choice/control

Public services in then out

Adverse effect on aspirations/ perception of social mobility

Domestic violence

Poor parenting

Difficulties maintaining relationships (incl. family, friends, peers, isolation & social marginalisation)

Lack of resilience (incl. capability, capacity, confidence & inability to cope)

Poor/overcrowded housing (incl. homelessness)

High risk behaviours (incl. substance misuse)

Poverty (incl. debt & unemployment)

Health (incl. mental health & disability)

Crime (offending and experience of)

Lack of education/ attainment

What we learned from the Insight Phase…


Reoccurring themes from evidence base current literature and national policy on what works
Reoccurring Themes from Evidence Base, Current Literature and National Policy on What works:

Early intervention

Building resilience

Stability, continuity and transitions

Effective parenting and supporting families

Tackling educational performance

Tackling worklessness

Tackling poor health

Tackling poverty

Involving communities and building social capital

Building capabilities, resilience and skills development


and National Policy on What works:Many families were resigned to their situations, and did not appear to take responsibility for trying to improve them. One family had no sense of personal responsibility at all, and another’s primary responsibility was to get services out of their lives and would do and say things with that in mind”.

“Families saw limited value in just being told or taught how to do something. They all wanted much more practical and hands on support, and wanted someone to actually come in and actually show them how to do things. They all appeared perfectly happy for someone to practically work with their children on behalf or in front of them”.

“There is a real divergence between families’ own perceptions of themselves and how they perceive that professionals view them. Families use words such as caring, tight, coming together to sort their problems out etc. They say that professionals would see them as hectic, needy, chaotic, trouble etc. Families can’t see any recognition from many professionals of their strengths and just feel they are viewed in the negative”.

Common Perspectives from Families


Leicestershire s proposed troubled family model

Leicestershire’s Proposed Troubled Family Model and National Policy on What works:

Approved Family Model and National Policy on What works:

Specialist Services

<-Cultural Shift ->

<-Act Family->

Team Around the Family based upon needs

Co-located locality service:

  • Permanent core team members inc Family Worker

  • P/t Co-opted team members

  • Personalised family budgets


Family Support Worker

Improved outcomes

Increased resilience, strengths & independence


Universal Services

Targeted Services

  • Role:

  • Whole family approach

  • Delivers direct support

  • Co-ordinates other services

  • Outreach in home/community

  • Assertive intensive support

  • Small caseloads

<-Act Family->

<-Cultural Shift ->


Review of National Family Intervention Project (FIP) and National Policy on What works:Released Dec 15th with Troubled Family Announcement

  • FIP 4 year Programme

  • Independent Study by NAT CEN

  • 8.8k families

    Profile & Risk factors at Referral (Multiple factors)

  • Family functioning - 81% families

    • Poor parenting – 67%

    • Relationship/family breakdown – 32%

    • Domestic violence – 30%

    • Child protection – 30%

  • Crime/ASB – 39% /79%

  • Child Behavioural problems – 60%

  • Health Problems – 49%

    • Mental health – 39%

    • Physical health – 10%

  • Not in Employment, Education & Training (over 18s) – 65%


Nat cen fip research outcomes for families exiting fip
NAT CEN FIP RESEARCH: and National Policy on What works:Outcomes for families exiting FIP

  • Outcome Improvements Recorded:

  • Families involved in ASB

    • A Reduction of 58% to 34%

  • Families involved in Crime

    • A Reduction of 41% to 20%

  • Children with behavioural /truancy problems

    • A Reduction of 53% to 28%

  • Risks from poor family functioning (DV, family breakdown, child protection)

    • A Reduction of 47% to 16%

  • Child protection plans

    • A Reduction of 34% to 18%

  • Health risks including mental, physical health and substance misuse problems

    • A Reduction of 34%

  • In worklessness (ETE)

    • A Reduction of 14% to 58%


Partners have agreed the twin aims of improving outcomes for the families and their children and reducing the cost to the public sector of supporting the families through system change.