Hilary Armstrong unveils details of families at risk review

    Links between adults’ and children’s services are to be examined in a review of families at risk, social exclusion minister Hilary Armstrong said today.

    The review will ask how effective adult services are at working with clients who are parents.

    The government says the review “will examine how well services aimed at families with complex and entrenched problems are working together on the ground and will challenge adults’ services to take a ‘whole families’ approach to delivering support to parents, linking better with child services”.

    Information-sharing between adults’ services and other professionals, including teachers and health visitors, is also to be analysed.

    More than 140,000 families are at risk of social exclusion, according to new government figures published today.

    The families at risk review will be published in the summer.

    Social workers can contribute evidence to the review.

    The deadline is 26 March.

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