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Families Achieving Change Together (FACT22)

FACT22 is a new approach to supporting children assessed as being a Child in Need (CIN), focusing on families experiencing domestic abuse, mental ill-health and substance abuse.

Project Description

Catch22 and Cheshire East developed the model in response to large numbers of CIN cases involving domestic abuse and neglect that were not receiving proactive interventions required to tackle the underlying causes of concern.

FACT22 provides support to families, while the local authority retains statutory responsibility.

The service comprises a team of practitioners who are led by a social work consultant and trained in solutions-focused, strengths-based interventions. In order to increase direct contact time, FACT22 takes on peer mentors and volunteers, alongside a ‘buddy’ system for workers.

FACT22 was initially developed in Crewe, and has since been adopted in Macclesfield and Coventry with significant success. Internal project monitoring in Cheshire East states that, since August 2015, 888 children have received a service (423 families). Of which, 548 children (258 families) have closed successfully and 45 children (20 families) have stepped down for Early help/CAF support.

Evaluation

A DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that:

Lead Organisation

Cheshire East Council and Catch22

Location

Cheshire East

Region

North West

Contact

Kate Wareham

kate.Wareham@catch-22.org.uk

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Funding Information

Funding theme: Rethinking Social Work

Total amount awarded

£1,400,000

Round 1 Feb 2015

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