Achieving for Children

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Team delivers the government-funded Troubled Families programme in the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond.

The Strengthening Families Team provides support to families who may be faced with factors such as poor parenting, being out of work, mental health issues, domestic violence, substance misuse and other disadvantages.

What we offer

The Strengthening Families Team is a multi-disciplinary team delivering the Troubled Families agenda, providing support to vulnerable families living in Kingston and Richmond.

The Strengthening Families Team (SFT) provides support to families affected by issues including: substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, poor parenting, unemployment and other disadvantages. The programme’s approach is underpinned by a Think Family model encouraging holistic intervention with each family member, rather than responding to each concern or person individually.

The team consists of the following specialist workers:

  • Domestic abuse worker
  • Family coaches
  • Employment advice workers
  • Adult social worker with a focus on mental health.

The SFT provides targeted intervention that is bespoke to each family in order to address their specific needs. The SFT provides support and intervention that is additional to the support received from the referring agency. It will draw on the specialist skills of the team as well as the wider Strengthening Families Partnership, including the voluntary and community sector.
Contributions from the SFT will be reviewed with the family and other professionals involved on an ongoing six weekly basis. The family may also access a devolved budget of up to £250 to support the outcomes.

Referral criteria

We welcome internal and external referrals providing the family meets two national criteria and one local criterion. The family needs to meet two of the following national criteria:

  • parents and children involved in crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • children who have not been attending school regularly;
  • children who need help, including those in the early years;
  • adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion, and young people at risk of worklessness;
  • families affected by domestic violence and abuse; and
  • parents and children with a range of health problems.

The family needs to meet one of the following local criteria:

  • any child stepping down from a child protection plan to become a child in need;
  • children who are at risk of child sexual exploitation;
  • children aged 2 years who are eligible for funding for free child care;
  • parents and children who have been recorded as victims of domestic violence;
  • parents and children misusing alcohol and drugs;
  • parents and children who have mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns;
  • children who have been diagnosed under an education, health and care plan with autism or ADHD.

Information sharing is necessary to track the contributions and the impact on families. This will be captured through an outcomes plan.

Referrals

If you are a professional in Kingston or Richmond and you would like to make a referral, please go through the Single Point of Access:

Referrals from professionals within AfC: please contact the Strengthening Families Team direct.

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