This paper provides brief information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children.
Local authorities have a statutory duty to run children’s centres, aimed at vulnerable children. There have been calls to expand the remit of these centres to provide more holistic support to children and families: the so-called ‘Family Hub’ model.
Family Hubs are discussed in the Library paper published for the debate on Strengthening families. This was a wider debate about A Manifesto for Strengthening Families, supported by several MPs, including Fiona Bruce MP. Section 1.5 of the paper considers Family Hubs, recommended by this manifesto. There are also some relevant news articles and further reading towards the back of the paper.
The Troubled Families Programme (TFP) is a programme in England administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The programme conducts targeted interventions for families experiencing multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. This briefing examines the TFP since 2012, details MHCLG evaluations of the programme, and describes recent commentary and potential future directions for the programme.
This Library briefing describes the UK Government’s policy to write-off arrears arising from the 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes. These schemes are now closed to new applicants and ongoing maintenance cases have been transferred to the 2012 scheme.