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Life Chances Fund- Intensive Family Support Service (IFSS) Staffordshire

Social Impact Bond

Location: Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Launch date: 2018

Duration: 72 months

Capital raised: £0.47m

Policy area: Health & wellbeing

Government outcomes fund: Life Chances Fund (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports, Big Lottery Fund)

Commissioners: Staffordshire County Council (Local government), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (Central government)

Providers: Addiction Dependency Solutions (Charity Number: 702559)

Investors: Big Issue Invest

Target population: The project will involve three main target audiences: 1) Children in need (CIN) 2) Children subject to a Child Protection Plan (CPP) 3) Looked After Children (LACs)

Size of cohort: 1680

Stage: Implementation

Intervention description

The aim of the project is to work with families who have children & young people identified as children in need, to reduce child safeguarding concerns associated with drug and or alcohol use primarily amongst parents. the IFSS intervention is a strengths-based model that relies on empowering families to find solutions for their issues, rather than relying on statutory services - a large part of this sustainability stems from engagement with community-based activities - which is also a core element of the wider drug/alcohol strategy.

Approach to Specifying Intervention

The IFSS service has been operating as a two-year trial between April 2016 and March 2018, as amendment to a wider contract with the core drug/alcohol treatment service provider.


Reduce the number of Child Protection Plans (CPP) escalating to become Looked After Children (LAC).

  • Definition: As above
  • Baseline: The intervention should avert around 20-25 children from escalating to become LAC, compared with the counter-factual position
  • Maximum Payment: £3000
  • Outcome Target (#): 25
  • Outcomes Achieved (#): N/A

Reduce the number of Children in Need (CIN) escalating to become CPPs (Child Protection Plans).

  • Definition: As above
  • Baseline: The intervention should avert around 125 children from escalating to become CPP
  • Maximum Payment: £800
  • Outcome Target (#): 125
  • Outcomes Achieved (#): N/A

Further information

  • Total Potential Maximum Outcomes Payments: £4,725,000
  • Date Outcomes Contract Signed: 13/08/2018
  • Date Service Delivery Started: 01/04/2018

More detailed information on this project can be found in the Data Template Excel sheet linked below, with a full list of sources. All fields are defined according to our data dictionary.