Birmingham City Council

Think Family

What is Think Family?

Think Family is Birmingham City Council’s name for the national Troubled Families initiative, which is funded and coordinated by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). This initiative aims to turn around the lives of 120,000 families in the UK, of which it is estimated that 4,180 families live in Birmingham.

Think Family is about working with the whole family in new ways, with a lead worker coordinating all aspects of support to address the full family needs. It is a collaboration of public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

To view a copy of our leaflet for families please see the attachment at the bottom of the page.

Families have to meet three of four criteria to be eligible for support as a Think Family. Please visit the criteria page for further information.

Benefits of the Think Family approach

Think Family aims to facilitate sustainable improvements to the lives of its most needy families by:

• Sustaining children in education and parents into training or employment
• Reducing antisocial behaviour and crime
• Improving parental capacity

Think Family will improve the support and services that partners provide by removing inefficiencies, adding value to these services and driving wasted cost out of the system. Services will be targeted to meet identified needs and support better outcomes for families and communities.

Most importantly, families are at the centre of the approach and their own experiences and knowledge of what works for them will inform how services are developed and delivered.

For more information on the national Troubled Families programme and the Think Family approach in Birmingham, please refer to the Practitioner Resources page for useful links and important documents.

Progress to date

By 13th January 2014, over 3,000 families that meet the Think Family criteria had been identified.

By the end of March 2014 we have worked with 2,635 families and ‘turned around’ the lives of 1,167 families, with a further 37 families achieving the progress to work outcome.

For the national picture visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/troubled-families-programme-progress-information-and-families-turned-around