Research and analysis

Review of the Family Fund Trust: appendix B - summary reports from the main strands of the research

In April 2012, Moorhouse Consortium reviewed the Family Fund Trust. This report summarises the reports from the main strands of the review.



The Family Fund Trust (FFT) was formed in 1973 by the UK government, originally to support families affected by Thalidomide. The Family Fund is now the UK’s largest grant-giving organisation helping families with disabled children aged 17 or under, and is primarily funded by the UK government and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Family Fund allocates grants according to specific criteria relating to the child’s disability, receipt of a range of benefits, and proof of UK residency. It has 187 advisers who undertake home-based assessments of families who apply for a grant for the first time.

In April 2012, the Department for Education commissioned the Moorhouse Consortium to undertake a rapid review of the FFT. It aims to deepen understanding of its strategic objectives, governance arrangements, staffing structure, model for allocating and distributing grants, and contractual agreements with the four UK governments.


  • survey of families
  • procurement analysis and Issues
  • case studies with families
  • phone interviews with unsuccessful applicants
  • consultation with voluntary sector providers
Published 8 April 2013