– September 2018
The County Durham Family Outcome Framework (FOF) sets out an agreed approach to evidencing when a family has achieved significant and sustained progress, ensuring our work with children and families is focussed on achieving measurable outcomes.
A recent review of the FOF has resulted in the following key changes:
Education – for those children and young people with attendance below 30%, the following distance travelled measured outcome is in place:
“Children and young people with attendance below 30% achieving 80% attendance over 3 consecutive terms”
Children who need help and/or protection – In recognition of the impact of parental conflict on children and young people the following additional outcome has been included:
“Reduced family conflict at case closure or de-escalation, including resolving separation or contact arrangements”
Children who need help and/or protection – In order to demonstrate successful de-escalation from statutory services and early help services the following outcomes have been included:
· “De-escalation of child protection or child in need plan and sustained for 6 months” (Level 4 cases)
· “De-escalated of family plan with outcomes met and no referrals to statutory services for 6 months” (Level 2/3 cases)
The Families Outcome Framework has been updated to reflect these changes (County Durham’s Family Outcome Framework – September 2018) and can be accessed through the LSCB website What’s New page
which directs Lead Professionals to the Practitioner Toolkit and Guidance page where the FOF can be downloaded.
Think Family Learning Network **New**
The Next Networks are due to take place on:-
Building Stronger Communities
Effectively working together to support families
Strengthening and utilising resources
Benefits and challenges
Durham Leadership Centre,
DL16 6YP 16th July 2018 09:30 – 12:30
Greencroft Industrial Park,
DH9 7XN 19th July 2018 13:00 – 16:00
Refreshments will be available. Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee at 09:15.
The session will promptly start at 09:30 or for the afternoon session, join us at 12:45 for a cuppa and we will start at 1 pm promptly.
Review of County Durham Family Outcome Framework (FOF) **new**
To book a place contact: StrongerFamilies@durham.gov.uk
Achieving Sustainable Change **New**
A two-day training course for front line staff working with families to
make positive changes
The course will support participants to:
Enhance Motivation through Motivational Interviewing techniques
• Understand the nature of resistance and how it impacts on behaviour change
• Look at the process of change
• Practice skills to enhance motivation
Identify and maintain goals and change by Using solution focused practice
• Using solution focused tools
As you are aware, the County Durham Family Outcome Framework (FOF) has been in place since early 2015 and is a key requirement of the Troubled Families Programme.
This document is designed to act as a guide for frontline practitioners and managers across the County Durham Partnership to help demonstrate improved outcomes for all families with complex needs.
It sets out an agreed approach to evidencing when a family has achieved significant and sustained progress, ensuring our work with children and families is focussed on achieving measureable outcomes.
A review of the FOF has been scheduled for early 2018/19, as a consequence of new guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). In addition, the introduction of the new case management system across Children’s Services later this year provides a timely opportunity to review the document.
Whilst most areas of the Framework remain unchanged - as it is felt that there ought to remain consistent themes, criteria and outcomes for the remainder of the Stronger Families Programme to 2020 - please refer to the following sections which have been revised:
Page 7 – Theme 2 Education – Revised definition to build in a ‘distanced-travelled’ measure for those children with extremely low attendance below 30% (see footnote 7), in line with recent MHCLG guidance
Page 8 – Theme 3 Children who need help and / or protection – This theme has been revised to have a greater focus on identifying those children affected by parental conflict. Additional outcome 9 has been added here.
Page 8 – Theme 3 Outcome 1 and 5 – These measures have been amended to attempt to provide a clear definition, following feedback under recent Payment-by-Results audits.
If you have any comments or areas of feedback across the Framework, please email to CASThinkFamilyProgrammeTeam@durham.gov.uk by Monday 14th May 2018.
Stronger Families Family Fund Developments **New**
The Stronger Families Family Fund has recently undertaken a review. In addition to this, you will be aware that full service roll out of Universal Credit begins in County Durham next month, and the potential impact this will have on vulnerable families’ finances. We do envisage an increase in the number of applications being received and therefore are keen to make changes to prepare for this.
Key changes with the Stronger Families family Fund (essential household items):
The central Think Family team will source goods that have been approved as part of a successful stronger families family fund application – speeding up the procurement process as Lead Professional’s will no longer be required to identify suppliers, webpages/catalogue numbers etc.
Completion of the HEAT by a member of the TAF will be a mandatory part of the process, however, the central team will not require sight of this but it may be asked for as evidence as part of audit procedures.
A new application form will be based entirely on a families need and Lead Professional’s will be asked to identify priority items that the family need to improve the quality of their lives.
There will also be increased opportunity for the central team to source good quality ‘used items’ from local furniture schemes which will particularly benefit those families that require a number of essential items.
N.B. completion of the budgeting tool will remain a fundamental part of the application form to ensure that the funding is being allocated to those families that are most in need.
In addition to being able to fund essential household items Lead Professionals can also apply for assistance on behalf of our stronger families with the following services:
Bulky waste removal – to safely remove bulky waste items from homes and gardens – full list of items that can be removed will be included in the application form e.g. white goods, furniture, up to 6 bags of rubbish.
Skip Hire – to provide the cost of hiring a skip, delivered to a family home, and then removed within 48 hours. Skip hire is a costly option for removal of rubbish and it will be an expectation that Lead Professionals will have to demonstrate the need for a skip instead of the bulky waste removal.
Child safety equipment scheme – to provide a range of age appropriate child safety equipment, delivered to the family home and fully installed by an external provider (provision of installation is now compulsory)
The existing handyperson service will continue without change.
We hope that these changes and additional services will allow for Lead Professionals to access a much broader, supportive package for families that are on the Stronger Families programme and will have a positive impact on levels of child poverty in County Durham.
All new application forms and further information will be available on the Stronger Families Operational Guidance webpage from week commencing 2nd October. We will cease accepting old application forms from 11th November.