Issue details

Alterations to the Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help Service

‘Think Family’ is an integral part of the IPEH service and has been part-funded by government grant under the national Troubled Families Initiative (TFI), dating back to 2012.  This income, which helps to pay for keyworker services to vulnerable families, is reducing in 2019/20 as the national scheme, which ends in March 2020, is wound down.  IPEH must adapt to this first tranche of funding reduction, which amounts to £560,000 in 2019/20.


To manage this reduction it is proposed that a more targeted family support service is developed, to continue to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families in West Sussex. This report focuses on the immediate requirement to manage the reduction in central government grant in 2019/20 in order to ensure the ‘Think Family’ approach is retained in the year to come.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/08/2018

Decision due: December 2018 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Mr Paul Marshall

Contact: Hayley Connor, Head of Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help Email: Tel: 033 022 23792.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, via the officer contact below, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Staff, Unions, District and Borough Councils, other delivery partners.

Service users where affected.

Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee – 31st October 2018

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

West Sussex Plan Priority: Best Start in Life


Background papers

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