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Related to: Crime and Disorder, Education, Out of Work Benefits, People with Multiple Needs, Socio-economic Inequality, Domestic Abuse, Mental Health and Illness, Children and Young People, Toxic/Complex Trio and Parental Needs

Key Facts

  • The government has estimated that there are 210-220 families experiencing multiple problems in Bath and North East Somerset.
  • In November 2014 the Council's 'Connecting Families Core Team' was in contact with 58 of these families.
  • 50% of children and young people on the caseload had identified Special Educational Needs or were on a school action plan.
  • According to the national criteria, educational absence and out of work benefit claims  represented the most common needs of the Connecting Families Core Team caseload in November 2014. 

Multiple Disadvantage ("Troubled Families")

In 2012 the government estimated 1 that there were 120,000 families living with multiple disadvantages in England. Of these, it was estimated that 210-220 lived in Bath and North East Somerset. The government has also estimated that there will be approximately 710 families in B&NES over the next 5 years with multiple disadvantages (complex needs). 2

In November 2014, the Council's Connecting Families Core Team was working with 58 families, composed of 139 children and young people (under 18 year olds) and 95 adults (234 people in total). 

  • Adults in the caseload were 60%/40% female/male, where as children and young people were 42%/58% female male.
  • The Ethnicity profile of the cohort largely matches that of the population as a whole.
  • 46 families were single parents, of which the majority (87%) were single mothers. 
  • 68 (49%) of the children and young people were aged 11-15 years, 28 (20% ) were aged 6-10 years, and 18 (13%) were young children aged 0-5 years.
  • 70 (50%) of children and young people on the caseload had identified Special Educational Needs or were on a school action plan. 
  • There is quite a broad geographical distribution of the location of families, with only Twerton and Southdown wards having more than 5 of these complex families resident. 
  • Figure 1 identifies the breakdown of the complex families in November 2014 by specific nationally defined criteria and demonstrates that educational absence and out of work benefit claims were the most common criteria experienced in Bath and North East Somerset.

Figure 1: Connecting Families Core Team caseload in November 2014 by national criteria