West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03

[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: Family Resource Service

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.


At present our Family Resource Service (FRS) delivers three main areas of support:

  • Family Support Team - working with families with children 0-18 to prevent harm and neglect, family breakdown and school exclusion. They focus on preventing offending and anti-social behaviour.
  • Family Intervention Team - provides whole family assessments and long term support to families whose children may be on the edge of care, involved in offending behaviour or at risk of losing their tenancy. They also focus on re-unifying children in care back to home in a safe way.
  • Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) - ensure rapid response support for standard to medium domestic abuse situations and are able to deliver a Family Focus Programme support and sign posting and work with both victims and perpetrators of abuse.

The FRS also delivers a range of support activities including Parent Support Groups, Parenting Assessments, Summer Activity Partnership as well as more specialist programmes, eg the Sexual Harm Intervention Programme.

The council currently provides £866,000 in funding to the FRS.


The service is currently delivered through Family Support Workers, Social Workers, Health Visitors, etc. The proposal is to reconfigure the service and reduce services which are delivered at the lower level of need and consider, with other providers and partners, what other early intervention support may be available through alternative provision.

This may include provision such as, Parenting Groups, Family Support work and working with young people on the edge of education. This is to ensure FRS are able to focus on a more targeted level of need, using effective intervention strategies and provision to those families considered at most need or at risk of breakdown.

This proposal will save the council £100,000.

What do we think the impact will be?

Some children and families will not be able to receive the same level of support at an early stage and access will need to be more limited alongside assessed level of need.

What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We are in discussion with current providers, including schools, children centres, voluntary and community services, as to what alternative arrangements can be provided to mitigate the impact of this proposal.

This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 12 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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