County council Cabinet Member for Children and Families Mary Angell has highlighted the successes of Surrey’s family support programme to turn round the lives of those most in need of help.
At a meeting of the Full Council she said: “The programme is working with 794 families, making up 75% of the local target of 1,050 families. It has already turned around the lives of 420 families, making a 40% success rate so far. We are well on track to achieving the target by May 2015.
“Senior civil servants from The Department for Communities and Local Government paid us a visit in June to check on progress and join a workshop. Their feedback was that Surrey was the leading two tier-area in the country.
“The family support programme was a key pillar of Surrey’s successful bid to join the government’s Public Sector Transformation Network and the plan now is to scale up the current service to cover 4,000 to 7,000 families over three years.”
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles selected Surrey as one of only nine areas nationwide to be involved in the network to transform public services through closer working.
The family support initiative sees all Surrey’s public services provide co-ordinated help to vulnerable families.
A letter from the DCLG’s Troubled Families Unit offered praise for the “depth of knowledge, obvious ability and determination” of those in Surrey involved.