The Lewisham Safer Stronger Families Service is an Early Help Targeted Support service supporting children and young people at risk of harm (but who have not yet reached the ‘significant harm’ threshold and for whom a preventative service would reduce the likelihood of that risk or harm escalating) identified by local authorities and partners.
We support families in accordance with the continuum of need, engaging with families either before they need support from Children’s Social Care or as part of a step down plan from a Child in Need plan back to Early Help.
Safer Stronger Families uses a strength based intensive multi modal intervention over a 22 week period (12 week programme and 10 week step down period) which involves delivering practical support to the heart of the family in their own home. This uses a combination of principles involving Triple P, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Team Parenting™. The support will equip children, young people and their families with the skills and coping mechanisms to reduce unwanted behaviour, increase positive family functioning, and build their resilience. The service will:
- Follow an assertive outreach approach
- Use a systemic, strength-based approach
- Allocate a dedicated Key Worker
- Provide a flexible intervention including ‘out of hours’ support
Our 12 week programme is followed by a 10 week step down period, focussing on outcomes identified in the Family Action Plan and have the overall aim of creating resilience and self-confidence.
Delivery is focused on helping families achieve key Troubled Families national outcomes of improving school attendance, reducing worklessness, offending behaviour and supporting children in need of help. Following 12 weeks of intensive support, the service continues to monitor the success of the intervention with a focus on helping the family to sustain the changes through signposting to universal services, convening a Team around the Family closure meeting and finally a family celebration to mark their success.