More than 600 listeners from the local government, children and families sectors joined MHCLG’s webinar to mark the next phase of the government’s flagship programme, Supporting Families, formerly the Troubled Families Programme.
Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, with responsibility for Supporting Families, spoke this morning with Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families and Charlotte Ramsden, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS).
The next phase of support for some of the most vulnerable families in society was launched by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick today (26 March 2021), backed by £165 million funding.
An additional £7.9 million fund also launched to improve how councils use data to support families, including by providing key workers with the information that they need.
Delivering Supporting Families includes work to support people to leave abusive relationships, get the right joined-up support for those with mental health issues and help people to find work – all part of the government’s comprehensive programme of work to support and unite communities.
Since 2015, over 400,000 vulnerable families have received support to help them turn their lives around and build brighter futures, and over 870,000 families have benefited from the programme’s ‘whole family’ approach to tackling problems.
Through the programme, which first began in 2012 – families are assigned a dedicated keyworker, who works with every member of the family and brings local services together to resolve issues at an early stage, before they develop into more significant problems.
Please find links to the full package of policy and programme guidance on the Supporting Families gov.uk page here: gov.uk/government/collections/supporting-families
Eddie Hughes MP - Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing (02:03)
Isabelle Trowler - Chief Social Worker for Children and Families (12:56)
Charlotte Ramsden - Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (16:40)
Kirby Swales - Deputy Director of Supporting Families, MHCLG (24:36)