£2.3m to support city’s vulnerable families

A programme providing support for families in Brighton & Hove who are vulnerable and facing complex problems has secured £2.3 million of government funding over the next two years.

More than 900 local families are expected to receive support as a direct result of this funding.

The city’s Stronger Families Stronger Communities programme involves support for families from the council, Sussex Police, the Department for Work and Pensions, the local NHS and the local community and voluntary sector.

The funding will enable the programme to focus on the high level of mental health support needed by vulnerable families.

Specialist staff working in family support teams will work to improve people’s parenting skills, reduce parental conflict and its impacts on children, and provide additional support to vulnerable families with children in primary school.

The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Dan Chapman, said: “This is really excellent news. It demonstrates our ability to help vulnerable families change their lives for the better and help prevent small problems escalating.

“It’s a win-win scenario, as families are supported earlier and it also potentially saves money in the long run.”