This official statistics release contains figures for families receiving support from family intervention projects, local services which provide intensive support to families with multiple social, economic, health and behaviour problems.
Reference Id: OSR21/2010
Publication Type: Statistical Release
Publication data: Underlying Statistical data
Local Authority data: LA data
Release Date: 15 September 2010
Coverage status: Final
Publication Status: Published
The data covers services in England up to March 2010.
This is the first time these statistics have been published. They will be published on a yearly basis. The statistical release shows that:
- 4,870 families received an intervention up to 31 March 2010 and 3,518 between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010 (a measure of service capacity). Local authority figures are also provided.
- 93% of families were either still receiving a family intervention on 31 March 2010 or had exited for a successful reason between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010 (a measure of service effectiveness). Figures for local authorities will not be published this year as the numbers are too small risking the identification of families.
- A total of 914 families exited the intervention between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010. 51 families were excluded from the analysis because they provided both positive and negative reasons. Of the remaining 863 families:
- 79% (678 families) left for a successful reason (e.g. formal sanctions had been lifted);
- 11% (95 families) left for a reason that cannot be counted as a success or a failure (e.g. family moved away, child taken in care);
- 10% (90 families) left for an unsuccessful reason (i.e. the family refused to engage).
- For each of the four ‘domains’ that were identified between two and four key relevant measures of family outcome were combined and a percentage reduction in risk calculated against each outcome (measures of service outcomes). There was, on average a:
- 47% reduction in the number of families experiencing risks associated with poor family functioning, including poor parenting, marriage, relationship & family breakdown, domestic violence or child protection issues;
- 47% reduction in the number of families involved in anti-social behaviour and crime;
- 34% reduction in the number of families with health issues including mental or physical health and drug or alcohol problems
- 34% reduction in the number of families with education and employment issues.
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