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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Jan 2019

Start date of service provision: Feb 2019

Anticipated completion date: Jun 2026

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 982.67k (USD 1.25m)

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 9.58m

Service users: 400 individuals


The intervention used is Family Functional Therapy – Child Welfare. It seeks to improve communication and supportiveness between parents or guardians and young people, while decreasing hostility.

Target population

Children and young people (C&YP) aged 6-15. There will be two target cohorts: Edge of Care cohort and In Care (reunifications)



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Norfolk County Council

Involved organisations

Outcome metrics

  • Metric 1: Days out of care. (For the Edge of Care cohort, a 33% Deadweight will be applied (for those that would not have entered care). For the In Care cohort, no deadweight will apply. To be paid for up to 3 years. 341 families are expected to participate in the program, achieveing approximately 166784 days out of care.)


This project started delivering services in Feb 2019 and will finish in Jun 2026. Data was last updated in March 2023. These are interim results.

Outcome achievements

Overall target is based on the high case scenario defined in the Life Chances Fund Final Award Offer or Variation Agreements.

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The intermediary organisation's comment on this graph:

'Stronger Families Norfolk is the first Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare outcomes contract. The design of this outcomes contract took into consideration learning from previous family therapy outcomes contracts such as Essex or Positive Families Partnership. The intermediary and delivery partner in Stronger Families Norfolk, Bridges Outcomes Partnerships and Family Psychology Mutual, are the same as in Stronger Families Suffolk, a family therapy outcomes contract in Suffolk. This partnership as fostered innovation and knowledge sharing between both outcomes contracts. Stronger Families Norfolk was recently recommissioned by Norfolk County Council to deliver support to families for an additional year, in which the programme will have a particular focus on developing its reunification work. Stronger Families Norfolk is currently expecting to fall slightly below initial expectations in terms of volumes, which will be compensated by the higher-than-expected stability rates achieved (which are the number of families that after receiving the intervention have remained together throughout the tracking period).'

Outcome payments

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The intermediary organisation's comment on this graph:

'Stronger Families Norfolk is projecting to achieve more outcome payments than initially anticipated, due to the high stability rates achieved with the families.'

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