Hampshire’s Supporting Troubled Families Programme has been so successful in meeting its targets in the first phase that, at the invitation of the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), it commenced Phase 2 three months ahead of schedule.
Progress statistics show that in Phase 1 of the programme Hampshire identified and engaged with 2000 families – over 400 more than the target set by the DCLG to be achieved by April 2015
Councillor Keith Mans, Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children and Families said: ‘‘It is an immense achievement to be one of the Government’s ‘early starters’ on phase 2 of the Programme. In doing so, we will engage with a further 1,200 Hampshire families this year and each year thereafter up to 2020, including those where violence in the home and health issues (mental and physical) are a feature. We will also work with families who are most at risk of eviction, or who are struggling financially. Our ability to achieve ambitious targets is testament to the great momentum we have generated behind our programme. This really is making a difference on the ground, not just to the families themselves, but to the communities in which they live.”
Through better co-ordination, tailored early help and a ‘family-led’ approach, a total of 1,590 Hampshire families have achieved positive outcomes to date; including reduced levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, improved school attendance and adults in training or permanent employment. Of these, adults in 350 families have moved into work and are no longer receiving benefits.
This significant achievement means that the demand for high cost service interventions can be contained to those in the most severe need, thereby minimising the costs to the taxpayer now and in the future.
This strong performance has contributed to the success of the national Programme with all children who were truanting, or excluded, back in school full-time for three terms and one in 10 adults back in work for three months or more.
The Hampshire Supporting Trouble Families Programme has been recognised by Ofsted, whose report on the County Council’s services for children in need of help and protection stated: ‘The programme is particularly well targeted and responsive to the needs of the local families, with good take-up by those families most in need.’