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No. Item


Apologies for Absence and Substitutions.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Andrews, G Gregory, N Quilty and C Powell.


To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 11 February 2015 pdf icon PDF 93 KB




That the minutes of the above meeting, having been circulated, be approved as a correct record.



Declaration of Interests.




Scrutiny Work Programme 2014/2015 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Scrutiny Work Programme 2014/2015

Additional documents:


Response to request for additional information


1             Members had requested additional information regarding:

1)    Performance Indicator L1 313, the percentage of families engaged with the Supporting Families Programme who will not require further support.

The Chair welcomed Jenny Spencer, Operational Manager (Parenting and Troubled Families) Nottinghamshire County Council discussed the work of the Troubled Families Programme.


The Troubled Families Programme aims to:


·         get children back into school

·         reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour

·         put adults on a path back to work: and

·         reduce the high cost these families place on the public sector each year


In April 2013 Nottinghamshire County Council began a proactive approach to identifying families with multiple and complex needs creating a ‘Troubled Families List’ which matches hitherto separate information about children and young people and their families.


For inclusion families need to meet at least 3 of the following criteria

·         A child has been permanently excluded from school or had 3 or more fixed term exclusions in the last 3 terms or is not on a school roll or has 15% unauthorised absence across 3 terms

·         1 or more under 18 year old with a proven offence in the past 12 months or 1 or more household member  has a ASB intervention in the last 12 months

·         The family is known to social care or lives in an area of high deprivation.


The programme is funded by central government and has two elements

·         An infrastructure grant – which pays for a coordination function to allow the relevant data and support to be provided to make the programme viable

·         An attachment fee which is paid on a sliding scale with an element paid by results.


By February 2015 the County Council was able to claim for 116 families in Gedling and continued to work with a further 55 families, aiming for a positive outcome by May 2015.  The number of families worked with in Gedling is not as high as initial deprivation figures indicate.  This is affected by the profile of the Killisick estate, which highlights a high level of deprivation.  Killisick has been the ward where the majority of families identified live, and it has only been in the final year of the project that this has been reflected in identified families.  Identified families are visited and invited to take part in the programme. Families who may benefit from the programme are identified from a number of sources including schools and the Department of Work and Pensions. The programme is available to households and families living in hostel accommodation are not able to be included in the programme because of difficulties in identifying their issues. In Gedling there are a high number of families who choose not to engage with the programme. Working with families in a particular way, appointing a key worker to support and concentrating services families around them can make a real difference. An enhanced programme is planned where there will be an even greater need for agencies to work together with additional  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76.


Items referred under the constitution or law pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Items referred to the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee as required under the Constitution or Law.




To note the report.


Any other item which the Chair considers urgent.




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