Supporting families programme

As part of our Early Help service, we offer the Supporting Families Programme. The Supporting Families Programme. (Formally known as the Troubled Families Programme) is a programme of targeted intervention amongst families with multiple issues. It encourages multi-agency working amongst partners and early intervention. This reduces public spending on high-priority families.

How are families eligible for the programme?

Families must have three criteria from our outcome plan:

  • Getting a good education
  • Good early years development
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Reduce harm and substance misuse
  • Improved family relationships
  • Children safe from abuse and exploitation
  • Preventing and tackling crime
  • Safe from domestic abuse
  • Secure housing
  • Financial stability

Benefits of the programme

  • Leads to enhanced and improved outcomes for children and young people, through a range of joined-up services, advice and support being readily available and easily accessible
  • By working together, agencies can use their strengths and individual specialised skills to support the families. Issues can be dealt with at a far faster rate, as the specified support required can be much more easily accessed through a multi-agency framework.
  • Families receive support at an early stage to prevent their issues escalating at a later period.

Supporting families outcome plan 

Our Supporting families outcome plan (PDF) is guidance that helps us identify the current issues the families are facing so we can support the family more effectively using a multi-agency approach. 

Our performance against 5 year programme target 2015-2020

The following document shows how Bedford Borough Council has performed against our initial programme target, and how we compare with the national average of successful outcomes.

Bedford Borough Council performance dashboard (PDF).