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Enabling Devon County Council to target families in need of support

Devon County Council has chosen Sentinel’s Data Hub technology to help it meet the latest requirements of the national Troubled Families programme overseen by DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government).

The Troubled Families programme’s first phase focused on identifying and working with families with educational, crime/antisocial behaviour and employment issues. Moving forward, the second phase encompasses up to 30 qualifying criteria and a move from working with 1,370 families to approximately 4,500. In addition, there is an increased requirement for reporting to DCLG.

The expanded programme required a system solution to support the gathering of information to identify individuals and households that would qualify and, using scoring techniques, provide prioritised lists of families for local teams to work with.

There were additional requirements for information analysis and extensive reporting, including supporting the Payment by Results reporting and the Cost Saving Calculator work also required by DCLG.

Devon choose the Sentinel Think Families solution to meet all of its Troubled Families Phase 2 requirements, in particular the requirement to integrate personal and family data from its very wide range of partner agencies across its region, including neighbouring authorities.

Sentinel Director Graham McCusker said: “We were impressed at how many data sharing agreements Devon has, and at the large scope of information it has access to. Merging such a wide range of information from different types of partner agency is just the sort of challenge we relish, and we know that this scope is set to grow and grow as Devon starts to take full advantage of our Data Hub technology.”

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