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Good enough parenting – just getting the basics right, and you’ll save millions of public money

16 September 2011

Many of the claims we see against Local Authorities Children’s Services Departments arise because of the alleged failure of multi-disciplinary teams to either spot, or act sufficiently quickly to support, inadequate parenting.

Excessive workloads, long term staff illness, poor morale arising from uncertainty about jobs and lack of clarity about who is to do what and by when can allow these cases to drift. So its good to see how Family Intervention Projects can support local authorities, and lead families to more stable environments, and skill up parents where necessary. According to this report estimated savings of £3.8m were achieved, with over a third of referred cases being “successful”. Add to that the avoidance of up to £100,000 legal fees for every professional negligence claim avoided and the benefits start to add up really quickly!

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