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Family life can be a challenge for parents and when faced with multiple problems it can be hard to know where to turn.
Strengthening Families is an early intervention programme carried out by Family Support Workers in the Early Help Hub which is part of the Early Years & Prevention directorate in Slough Borough Council. Strengthening Families is also actively supported by a range of partners.
The programme’s roots and framework of working are based on Central Governments ‘Troubled Families’ programme which is known in Slough as Strengthening Families.
Strengthening Families works with families with children in the household and applies a ‘whole family approach’ taking into consideration the needs of the whole family, then works with the family in order to resolve all issues by delivering effective outcomes.
Our Family Support Workers in the Early Help Hub can offer support, advice and the conduct direct work needed in relation to issues concerning:
Family Support Workers will also work with other specialist services in Slough (if required) that can help meet the needs of the family.
Currently the Strengthening Families team is in the midst of forging new relationships with services and strengthening existing ones so that we are collectively working towards a systemic approach with our families.
We call this phase ‘Partnership Unity’
This new exciting team up with services will create a ‘Strengthening Families Community’ of services which unites services such as Young Peoples Service, Children’s Centres, Slough Children’s Services Trust, CAMHS, Public Health, Solutions4Health, Community Safety and many more into one cohesive collective way of working essentially a single delivery model.
We want all services to think ‘Strengthening Families’, we want them to think ‘whole family’ when a young person or child is referred to them so that they are thinking not just about the individual but about the whole family.
Our vision is for families to get the help they need, at the earliest time, earliest opportunity possible from a host of varied services all co-ordinated by one key worker applying the Strengthening Families framework of working.
In return we ask families to:
Those wanting to find out more please email _StrengtheningFamilies@Slough.gov.uk
For further information please see the Strengthening Families information leaflet.
The Privacy Notice: Strengthening Families sets out how we use, store and share the data we collect for Strengthening Families and the Troubled Families programme.