Turnaround Programme for Troubled Families

Part of the Government's Troubled Families initiative, the Sefton Turnaround Programme is a new, innovative way of working where Sefton Council and its partners help families in need resolve problems that affect them and their community, ranging from poor attendance at school to domestic violence and abuse.

Turnaround aims to intervene at an early stage, before problems become too serious and will help over 2,700 families in Sefton through practical support so they can make positive changes to their lives that will keep them safe and healthy.

Each family will have a lead practitioner, who will work with the whole family to provide enhanced support, access to specialist services and a personalised Family Plan. Rather than having to deal with a range of services and agencies, they will deal with their lead practitioner, making it simpler and easier for them while saving time and money.

The National Impact Study (NIS)

This study asks us to share anonymised data about the families we help with the Department for Community and Local Government. Find out more by reading the documents below.

Sefton Turnaround Families Privacy Notice (word 220KB)
Overview Of The National Impact Study (word 28KB)
Turnaround Outcomes Plan (word 127KB)

To be supported by Sefton Turnaround, families have to meet two of the following Government criteria:

  • Parents and children involved in crime or antisocial behaviour
  • Children who have not been attending school regularly
  • Children of all ages who need help, are identified as in need or are subject to a Child Protection plan
  • Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness
  • Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Parents and children with a range of health problems




The positive changes for families will be significant and sustained. Typical outcomes include:

  • Children back in school at least 90% of the time over 3 whole terms
  • Adults coming off benefits and staying in work for at least 6 months
  • Stopping criminal activity for 6 months
  • Health issues being properly managed leading to no emergency hospital admissions for 12 months
  • In Sefton 94% of families have been turned around (90% nationally)
  • 609 families (from the original 650) have been helped and turned around.  This means that children are back in school, adults going to work and young people moving on from criminality.

The Troubled Families initiative aims to help nearly 520,000 families across England to tackle problems that affect them and their communities. Introduced in 2012, part one is drawing to its end, with part two running from 2015 - 2020.


Last Updated on 20 June 2017