Waltham Forest Child Poverty pilot

Project to provide intensive personalised support to families to: increase parental employment and access to services; raise family income; build capacity of communities to tackle poverty; reduce intergenerational poverty by raising attainment and narrowing the gap.   Targeted families on low incomes with children aged 2-5 in areas of high deprivation and who were in receipt of 1 or more benefits; Multi-agency team including Family Support Advisor; Benefits Officer and Housing Officer; Intensive, flexible, holistic and personalised support from housing, family and benefits experts based on principles of the  Family Partnership Model: create partnership; facilitate change; responsive to specific circumstances and needs of the family; meetings conducted in client’s home; For families requiring intensive support, FSA worked with them over period of time to develop an action plan ‘owned’ by the families; Also delivered workshops e.g. around reading and play; boundary setting; being work ready; confidence and self esteem; Hardship fund available to overcome problems

London Borough of Waltham Forest
Children and Young People Services Directorate, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Silver Birch House, Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, Walthamst-ow, London E17 5SD
Contact person: 
Ms Sade Alade, Early Intervention and Prevention Area Manager
Field of service: 

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