Information sharing has been at the heart of the Troubled Families programme from the start, providing the intelligence local programmes need to identify families, understand their needs and demonstrate their progress. Local authorities depend on local public services providing access to their data and intelligence on families and family members. Without this, there is a risk that families with the highest need will not be identified and do not receive the coordinated support they need.
To assist local delivery of the Troubled Families Programme, the national Troubled Families team (based in the Department for Communities and Local Government – DCLG) have joined up with the Department of Health (DoH) and the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing (the Centre) to look at how sharing health data can further help improve outcomes for families and children.
The approach of the Centre, was to work with several local Troubled Families teams, including Staffordshire County Council (SCC), to identify the cultural barriers and enablers to sharing health data. The Centre also looked to capture best practice in order to help and support other local places to overcome similar barriers they may face and to develop local solutions.