About Families Working Together
Families Working Together is Lincolnshire’s response to the Government’s Troubled Families programme. It began in April 2011 as a Community Budget pilot focused on supporting families with complex needs. The pilot itself came about largely as a result of the experience and success of two Family Intervention Services – focused on Youth Crime and Housing - sponsored by District Councils in Lincolnshire. Many of the staff working on those projects continue to work in and direct the work of Families Working Together. The project retains a multi-agency approach and continues to operate within and across the whole of the borders of Lincolnshire County Council.
The aim of the project is to address family problems in a joined-up way. This is done through a dedicated Key Worker. Key Workers work intensively with families and help to draw up a Family Action Plan that tackles the family’s problems as a whole. Plans will include a number of incentives to reward positive behaviours as well as sanctions to discourage deviation. The Key Worker joins up services and brings partner agencies together to achieve the actions on the plan.
Key Workers focus on improving family functioning and family resilience. They help families to solve problems themselves by providing practical tools to develop skills such as:
- How to budget;
- How to set boundaries for children;
- How to establish and maintain routines and positive behaviours; and
- How to manage relationships etc.
The Families Working Together project has demonstrated that improvements in family functioning have a positive impact on the family as a whole.
They also lead to improvements in other areas including:
- Reduced crime and anti-social behaviour;
- Improved attendance of children in education;
- Renewed focus on employment options and work readiness;
- Reduced costs to statutory agencies through fewer family interventions.