Commissioning parenting and family support for Troubled Families

Publication Details

Publication date: 31 October 2017

Authors: Kirsten Asmussen, Stephanie Waddell, Donna Molloy and Haroon Chowdry

The Troubled Families Programme works with disadvantaged families with complex needs, and is currently in its second phase. It will work with up to 400,000 families by 2020.

Over the next two years, the programme will have an even greater focus on tackling worklessness and associated issues. This will include an emphasis on tackling parental conflict, informed by EIF’s work in this area.

The programme will also place greater emphasis on ensuring that local activity is informed by evidence, and that good practice is shared. The EIF guide to commissioning parenting and family support summarises the evidence to help support Troubled Families coordinators to ensure that families with complex needs receive the right evidence-based support in priority areas, such as parenting.

  • The report provides background information on parenting in adverse circumstances and guidance on effective commissioning, evidence-based interventions and providing value for money.
  • The slide pack, ‘Evidence to support the business case’, brings together and signposts a range of existing evaluation evidence and resources on the business case for parenting and family support.

Our commissioner guide on reducing the impact of interparental conflict on children is another important resource for local Troubled Families teams.


See also: Donna Molloy, EIF director of dissemination, writes for the Troubled Families blog