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Families in Focus

Delivering the Supporting Families Initiative in South Gloucestershire

Families in Focus (FiF) is a multi-agency partnership set up to deliver the national Supporting Families Initiative in South Gloucestershire. We want to improve the lives of families with multiple difficulties and also to reduce demand on services by working early and intensively with them. FiF is an approach not a service and our vision is that we will be able to show that across the Partnership all services will:

  • use data intelligently to plan and shape our work with people
  • work with the whole family
  • focus on outcomes for families.

To be eligible for Families in Focus each family must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  1. parents and children involved in crime and anti-social behaviour
  2. children who have not been attending school regularly
  3. children who need help
  4. adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness
  5. families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
  6. parents and children with a range of health problems

All our work will aim to address the needs of the family as a whole.

For more information about Families in Focus, or how to identify support for a family that you feel may need help with two or more of the above issues, please contact the Access and Response Team (ART) on 01454 866000.

Partners who support and contribute to Families in Focus include:

  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • Avon and Somerset Probation Service
  • Avon Fire and Rescue Service
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), South Gloucestershire
  • Job Centre Plus
  • registered social landlords such as Merlin, Knightstone and Curo
  • South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South Gloucestershire Council Public Health and Wellbeing Division.
  • Southern Brooks Community Partnership, Chase and Kings Forest Community Project, and a range of other voluntary sector partners

Privacy notice

We support the government’s initiative to support families with complex needs, The Supporting Families Initiative, through our local programme, Families in Focus (FIF). This aims to support families struggling to cope by providing intensive, tailored support and working with the families to improve their situation.

This will involve sharing of information between council departments and with other partner organisations. Any such sharing will be done proportionately and lawfully for the purpose of identifying those families who most need the support of the Families in Focus programme and to ensure that services are better coordinated for them.

As part of this initiative the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) carry out a national impact study (NIS) and family progress data (FPD) updates to make sure what we are doing is making a real difference to families in the programme. The information provided to MHCL is processed strictly in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, and whilst personal information is shared with MHCLG, none is included in the report itself.

Privacy Notice – Families-in-Focus

For further information on this initiative in South Gloucestershire contact: Families in Focus Coordinator on 01454 863017.

Connecting Care

Connecting Care is a local electronic record that allows health and social care professionals directly involved in your care, to share a summary of your medical record. Your Connecting Care record will help those caring for you to manage your care better, and allow information to be shared quickly and safely. If you require further information about Connecting Care please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 073 0907, or visit Connecting Care on the CCG website.

Only authorised staff in settings across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset can access your record. It does not contain information about discussions you have had with your GP, or any information on sensitive subjects such as sexual health.

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