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£16m programme of ‘think family’ local pilots, to be led by the Department for Children, Schools and Families – Thursday 10 January 2008

DCSF have commited the funds for family pathfinder projects as part of a new 'think family' approach to help vulnerable parents and children and charities that deliver public services are being invited to team up with their local authorities to run them.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said that between 12 and 15 pathfinder projects would be run depending on the quality and number of bids. He said successful local authorities would have to demonstrate in their bids that they were working with charities on delivering services.

The new approach aims to improve local service support for the most disadvantaged families and prevent problems passing down from excluded parents to their children by ensuring that adult services support whole families not just individuals. The local pilots, which will run for 3 years from April 2008, will be expected to drive forward the 'think family' model and generate and share evidence of what works.

Beverley Hughes, Children Young People and Families' Minister, said: The Department for Children, Schools and Families has committed £13m for family pathfinder projects to deliver effective help to families where complex problems can lead to poor and lasting outcomes across generations. By working with both adults' and children's services, problems can be dealt with before they become entrenched, leading to better lives now and in the future.In addition, over the next three years a further £3m will be made available to help up to six family pathfinders extend their work to help children burdened by caring responsibilities.

For more information go to: Ministers launch new 'think family' approach to help vulnerable parents and children- Wired Gov