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Stronger Families Norfolk

Keeping at-risk children with their families using evidence-based therapy

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts

Theme

Healthier Lives

Date of initial investment

January 2019

Bridges Executives

Mila Lukic
Iciar Ania

Challenge

There are over 80,000 children in the UK who are currently ‘looked after’ by their local authority, and this number is steadily increasing, with a 6% rise since 2011. Relative to the general population, these children are statistically more likely to have poorer outcomes in a number of areas, including educational attainment and mental and physical health. So there’s a clear imperative to keep young people out of the care system wherever possible.

Solution

Stronger Families is a new programme launched by Norfolk County Council. It aims to support 400 young people aged between 8 and 15 over a period of 5 years, helping them to remain with their families and out of the care system.

Stronger Families will work within children’s homes, providing therapy to the whole family. It aims to repair relationships, help families to communicate better and help parents to better support and influence their children.

Family Psychology Mutual will provide the service; it will use what is known as Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare (“FFT-CW”), a type of therapy that has had success in the USA, Australia, Singapore and Canada.

Norfolk County Council has committed to pay for any successful outcomes alongside the Government’s Life Chances Fund.

Outcomes

Outcome payments will be made if young people are averted from care (and then remain out of care).