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Originally formed by five London Boroughs (LBs), the Positive Families Partnership (PFP) Social Outcomes Contract (SOC) aims to support at least 384 young people aged 10 to 16, through providing access to family therapies (either Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) or Functional Family Therapy (FFT)), to help families stay together and prevent young people going into care as a result of improved family functioning and/or ability to manage challenging behaviour and relationships. Initial discussions about developing the project began in December 2013, with the service being launched in February 2018. The service runs over three and a half years (due to run to June 2021), followed by a two-year period in which outcomes are tracked (up to June 2023).

This in-depth review is part of a series of reports being produced as part of the Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund evaluation, commissioned by The National Lottery Community Fund, and undertaken by Ecorys UK and ATQ Consultants. The purpose of this in-depth review is to provide an overview of the design and development phase of the Pan-London Edge of Care Social Outcomes Contract (SOC), and the delivery of the contract up to August 2018. The consultations for this review took place in September 2018 and involved discussions with key stakeholders involved in the SOC, including representatives from the different London Boroughs involved, the Positive Families Partnership, Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Social Finance. The report will be updated in subsequent years to provide an account of the SOC’s progress.