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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Nov 2018

Start date of service provision: Jan 2019

Anticipated completion date: Aug 2024

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 863.87k (USD 1.10m)

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 5.54m

Service users: 288 individuals


Whole family-based intervention using Functional Family Therapy. It seeks to improve communication and supportiveness between parents or guardians and young people, while decreasing hostility. The intervention will reduce the number of older adolescents entering, and staying in care. This will be acomplished by:

- Intensive planned (and reactive) work by multi-disciplinary professionals working with the family network;
- trusted and sustained relationships between family and professionals;
- addresing the underlying issues of mental health, substance misuse, gangs, un-boundaried behaviour and acute family stress; and
- wrap-around support including full-time education/training/employment, respite care, positive activities and meeting the needs of adults.

Target population

11-16 years (10 and 17 year olds with agreement from Commissioner) at risk of entering care / reunification of children already in care.



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Suffolk County Council

Involved organisations

Configuration of contracting parties:

  • Direct contract between outcome payer and provider

Service Providers (1)
Intermediary organisations (2)
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Outcome metrics

  • Children on the edge of care sustainably avoid the need for care. Payment at 14 weeks after referral (payment at the end of the intervention). Then paid quarterly for each day the child remains out of Care for 2 years.
  • Children are sustainably reunified with their family/wider network. Payment at 14 weeks after referral (payment at end of intervention). Then paid quarterly for each day the child remains out of Care for two years
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