Funding secured to continue to support vulnerable families
Dudley Council has received further funding to continue its work to support families with complex needs in the borough.
This is part of the authority’s commitment to deliver the government’s strengthening families programme.
The programme aims to support families with complex needs and put measures in place to avoid any future risk of children going into care.
Since the programme launched in the borough, the council has received more than £7million in funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and supported more than 3,500 families.
To allocate additional funding, the government department carries out spot checks to assess the council’s success in managing the programme.
In a letter following the most recent visit, the team which delivers the project was praised for the significant efforts it has made to improve services for complex families and that the council passed the spot check process.
In Dudley, professionals from across children’s services provide the strengthening families support work to families. A team of dedicated family support workers within the housing team also support the delivery of the programme, which was recognised as good practice in the spot check visit.
The programme takes a ‘whole family’ approach where a lead practitioner works intensively with families across a range of needs including employment support, domestic abuse, school attendance and improved health outcomes. Families continue to receive this support until there is clear evidence that their lives have improved.
Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children’s services, said:
We’re really pleased to be part of this programme and be able to offer dedicated support to those families who really need our help. We know it makes a difference and can really set people on the right path to secure a stable future.
I’m pleased the team’s efforts have been recognised and now we have passed this spot check process we can continue our vital work.
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, communities and residents’ welfare, said:
This project brings together key services to ensure people have the support they need to create a stable family life. Our housing staff are particularly well-placed to work with those families who are at risk of homelessness or have other serious housing issues.