Positive Families Partnership - Bridges Fund Management








Positive Families Partnership

Supporting young people and their families to stay together

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts


Healthier Lives

Date of initial investment

December 2017

Bridges Executives

Mila Lukic


The number of young people in care in large and growing, with more than 90 are taken into care everyday.  In order to prevent these young people from suffering from significantly worse life outcomes than their peers, there is a high demand for more family therapy services that work towards reducing the risk of young people being taken into care.  



We are supporting a project called Positive Families Partnership, which supports families with young people at risk of being taken into care, providing them (and their family) with access to proven family therapy interventions designed to help the family address behavioural and emotional issues. This initiative, the first of its type in London, has been jointly commissioned by the five London Borough Councils of Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Bexley, Merton and Newham, with support from the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding. It will be delivered by three specialist partners, who collectively bring decades of experience in implementing evidence-based programmes across the UK: Family Psychology Mutual, Family Action UK, and the South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.


Target Outcomes

Positive Families Partnerships programme is aiming to work with c. 350 young people over a 5-6-year period. It will look to prevent young people from entering care, and for those averted from care, increase the time they spend out of care. To date, 203 families have completed the intervention and almost 57,000 days of care have been averted, aligned with the target.