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Cambridge diversity forum Together for Families

  1. 1. Together for Families Alison Smith – Together for Families Lead Officer V1.0
  2. 2. Together for Families      A national programme to ‘Turn around’ the lives of troubled families Troubled families are defined as those who: o Are involved in crime or anti social behaviour o Have children who don’t attend school or are often excluded o Have been long term unemployed These families often have a wide range of other problems which lead to their children repeating the cycle of disadvantage These families often require regular input from public services and often with little changing as a result Target for Cambridgeshire – 805 families
  3. 3. The Smith family  Long history of offending including violence – mother recently in prison for assault.  9 children aged between 2 and 20  Oldest 2 children both have had episodes in prison  Children attending 4 different schools and all with poor attendance  One child in alternative specialist educational provision and two children on Pastoral Support Plans for poor behaviour  Lack of boundaries in the family home  Anti social behaviour in the community including intimidation, harassment and noise  Health appointments regularly not met  High level of rent arrears / not able to manage finances  Long history of agency involvement with no improvement
  4. 4. How did they arrive in this situation?  Mother experienced a poor upbringing with no stability and violence was a regular part of her childhood  The children have 4 different fathers, three of whom were violent to mother.  Much of the domestic abuse witnessed by the children  Mother had a poor experience of support services and perceived she was always told what to do and felt heavily judged  Mother had no wider support network, the anti social behaviour had alienated neighbours and friends which led to her feeling more and more defensive and unwilling to accept support  House size inadequate for the size of the family making it difficult for mother to put in any boundaries
  5. 5. What can we do?  A dedicated worker, dedicated to the family – the Lead Professional  Working with the family as a whole  Delivering hands on and practical support  Being assertive, persistent and challenging  A common purpose and agreed action with all other agencies
  6. 6. Outcomes for the Smith family  The family have a stable tenancy and there has been no further anti social behaviour in the last 6 months  All children are attending school full time and behaviour in school has improved  Mother has clear boundaries for the children and clear routines which the children stick to  Mother takes responsibility to respond to issues such as health needs as they arise  There is a clear budget plan, with debts steadily being paid off  There have been no further police call outs to the home  Mother works proactively with professionals
  7. 7. What has been achieved?  Identifying families  We have identified 413 families  We have started working with 390 of them  Supporting lead professionals  Training  Ongoing supervision and coaching  Flexible budget to support family needs  Outcomes  Evaluation underway  Cost benefit analysis for most complex families
  8. 8. Long term?  There is commitment from all public sector partners in Cambridgeshire to embed this approach beyond the initial group of families  The ‘Community Budget’ model will provide a framework for all services working with families to formally commit to working with this common model

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