Health and Wellbeing

Targeted families support

targeted families

Posted on: 2 November 2012

Research has highlighted that 2 per cent of families suffer significant multiple problems such as the parents not working, children not in school and youth crime. This can make them more likely to place demands on local services, such as health, social care and criminal justice.

Devon County Council has signed up to the Government’s Targeted Families programme which means that 1,370 families in Devon will be supported; getting children back to school, reducing youth crime and anti-social behaviour, and helping adults into  employment.

The scheme is being run on a payment-by-results basis, meaning that up to £4,566,667 will be available to Devon over the next three years. Each family’s problems will be
dealt with as a whole rather than individually and a single key worker will work with the family to help make long-term changes.

Devon County Council, District Councils, Police, Probation Services, health services, Job Centre Plus and community and voluntary organisations are working together to build on the work already started through Devon Strategic Partnership. Work is underway in seven localities across the county.

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