The Priority Families programme is trailblazing a better way of targeting help and support to those families who need it most.
Priority Families have complex needs and problems. These can include:
- crime and anti-social behaviour
- children not in school
- problems with children's health and mental wellbeing
- domestic abuse and violence
Often these problems are linked together. This is because the whole family is connected. Tackling just one of these problems with one family member at a time is not going to help the whole family in the long-term. The Priority Families Programme supports every member of the family.
How it Works
Priority Families is being led by Nottingham City Council in partnership with:
- Nottingham City Homes
- Department of Work and Pensions
- Schools and Academies
- Crime and Drugs Partnership
All of these agencies are working to make sure our Priority Families get the best, most co-ordinated support. This is a partnership in every sense of the word. The Priority Families Programme started in Nottingham in 2012 - and since then we've improved the lives of 1,200 families. This was the target set for us by the Government. Our work with these families is going so well we reached this target six months ahead of schedule.
Phase II 2015 to 2020
Nottingham is now in the next phase of the national Troubled Families Initiative from April 2015 to April 2020. This is allowing us to help even more families with a much wider range of needs and problems.
How We Support Families
We are training our frontline staff to focus on the whole family, rather than just individuals with 'isolated' issues. This means sharing the expertise of our huge range of talented staff. Spending extra time with the whole family to focus on the bigger picture at an earlier stage is better for the family and could reduce the need for costly interventions further down the line. This is at the heart of the Nottingham Children Partnership's Family Support Strategy and the new Operating Model for the way we support and care for our families.
The Priority Families Programme relies on sharing information with critical partners. This is not only in delivering the programme but also in evaluating its effectiveness. In order to identify families, understand the difference we are making and focus on who can potentially access the additional support the programme offers we will be sharing personal records. This might include records in relation to social care, involvement with the police, courts and probation, aspects relating to employment, anti social behaviour, violence in the home, substance misuse, educational attendance and behaviour, vulnerable children and health issues.
Employment and Skills Support
NottinghamJobs is a partnership between Nottingham City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions. They help unemployed city residents back into work through recruitment and training.