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Families First Service

Families First Leeds is an initiative funded through the Government's national Troubled Families programme.  Its aim is to help families with a number of complex problems by working with them to help turn their lives around, improving outcomes for the whole family and thereby reducing the need for more intensive and costly interventions.

There are a number of criteria for families to be considered in the Families First cohort:

  • Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion, or young people at risk of worklessness
  • Children who need help - who are identified as a child in need, or children/families who are on or are being considered for an Early Help plan
  • Children or young people with poor school attendance
  • Parents or young people involved in offending or anti-social behaviour
  • Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Parents or children with a range of health problems

The Families First Service uses a flexible approach with families, according to their individual needs and it is not 'one size fits all'.   Families within the Families First cohort have a diverse range of needs and many of them are already engaged with services and making good progress.

The service is based on national research about how to achieve better outcomes for families, which recommends: having a single dedicated worker (eg. lead professional/practitioner) for each family; addressing the needs of the whole family; setting a common purpose and having agreed outcomes; providing practical, hands-on support; and practitioners adopting an assertive and persistent approach.

How to make a referral?

Referrals come via the Targeted Service Leads (TSL) in the clusters.  If you feel you may know a family that meets two or more of the above criteria and would welcome some support, please contact your cluster's TSL who will support you with the referral.

Alternatively you can contact the central Families First team on 0113 3952613 or

For more information about Health for All's Families First Service, contact Vikrant Bhatia, Service Manager on 0113 2774819.  Health for All also delivers a list of accredited parenting courses and specialist programmes to support families.   For more information contact Leanne Elliott, Programmes Facilitator on 0113 2774819.

The service staff are based at Middleton Family Centre (0113 2762386).  This service is funded by Leeds City Council as part of the Families First programme for the city.


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