Family Focus

One family......... One worker......... One plan.

The Family Focus Programme aims to support families who have complex needs.

In January 2015 the programme was expanded to support families with a wider range of needs under several of the following headlines;

  1. Parents and children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour.
  2. Children who have not been attending school regularly.
  3. Children who need help: children of all ages, who need help, are identified as in need or are subject to a Child Protection Plan.
  4. Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness.
  5. Families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
  6. Parents and children with a range of health problems.

Families eligible for the programme are identified through the merging of data from partners across the city and it is then the role of Family Focus to ensure that each family identified has a practitioner from a relevant service working with them who can;

  1. Gain consent from the family, in order to allow for data and information sharing.
  2. Undertake a whole family assessment, with the support of partners, to identify any issues for every family member.
  3. Develop with the family and relevant agencies a whole family action plan to address every family members needs in a timely and co-ordinated manner.
  4. Co-ordinate the services/interventions to avoid the family becoming overwhelmed.
  5. Through regular review meetings, monitor the progress of the action plan with the family and the team around the family on a regular basis.
  6. Provide relevant information to the Family Focus Programme leads, in line with the national programme requirements;
  7. Develop a robust exit plan when stopping work with a family to ensure ongoing appropriate support is available as required to allow the family to continue to sustain progress and build on this.

What does the Family Focus Team do?

The Family Focus team:

  • Identify families who meet the eligibility criteria for involvement in the Family Focus Programme.;
  • Are responsible for ensuring each family has an identified lead practitioner working with the family who is supported by a relevant team around the family to meet the needs of each family member;
  • Support lead practitioners in a very practical way with tasks and processes in their work with a family and work closely with the Children’s Advice team, to support  partnership and integrated working and prevention arrangements for Early Help;
  • Ensure a family receives an appropriate and timely intervention, which allows them to achieve the required programme outcomes;
  • Provide anonymous progress updates to Government on the families eligible for the Family Focus;
  • Gather information from lead practitioners in support of the programme and in order to support the identification of gaps in provision for informed commissioning.

 If you wish to contact the Family Focus Team please e-mail: familyfocus@york.gov.uk