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Family Pathfinder Programme

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made in the Family Pathfinder pilots; and if he will make a statement. (247001)

Since the announcement of the successful Family Pathfinder areas in May 2008 all 15 have begun to implement their plans to test the Think Family model. The Pathfinders are testing innovations on a number of themes including whole family assessment, better information sharing, joint commissioning and multi-agency working in order to better identify and work with families with multiple and complex problems. The Pathfinder local authorities have all attended two events to share ideas and best practice and to gather learning on how to implement the Think Family model. DCSF have commissioned an evaluation of the pathfinders which will produce an interim report in the spring.