An evaluated project which aimed to improve how Children’s Services work with families and the outcomes for children and their parents affected by domestic abuse, alcohol or drug problems or depression/anxiety. This was a whole-system reform of the services, bringing together a partnership including the police, health (including mental health), probation and substance misuse services.

Key factors in the project’s success were effective management oversight and strong inter-agency working, which led to efficiency and an innovative approach in overcoming challenges. As of April 2019, the model has begun to be rolled out to other councils across the country, under the Department for Education ( DfE ) funded Strengthening families, protecting children (SFPC) programme.

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