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Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC)

Issue 03 | Strengthening Families Journal

Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC)

Published February 2022

Welcome to the third issue of the Strengthening Families Journal – the regular publication dedicated to capturing learning from the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC) programme.

SFPC is a five-year Department for Education programme to support local authorities improve their work with families and safely reduce the number of children entering care by implementing successful sector-designed innovations.

The Strengthening Families Learning Journal shares learning from the Programme, focusing on the changes to systems and practice taking place in local authorities across England, where teams are adopting three innovations in children’s social care: Hertfordshire’s Family Safeguarding; Leeds’ Family Valued and North Yorkshire’s No Wrong Door.

Who is the journal for?

The Strengthening Families Journal is intended for people working in, and in partnership with, children’s social care. Directors and service managers and frontline practitioners, along with partners from education, health, housing, police and adult services, will all find articles relevant to their work. In fact, anyone interested in the role innovation has to play in improving children’s lives will find something of interest.

About the third issue

The theme of this issue is ‘Working with families to protect children’ and it explores related topics such as: providing support for the whole family as a way of supporting the child; and the importance of the language used when engaging with families and how it can be a tool in developing and strengthening relationships with those families to achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

The Journal also provides insight into emerging data showing the impact of these innovations on the adopter local authorities as well as some key insights from the September 2021 Strengthening Families event.


  • September 2021 Event Insight
  • How Family Valued has helped us reshape practice around families
  • Families with problems, not problem families – the language and behaviours of Family Safeguarding
  • ‘Being Family Safeguarding’ Lancashire Family Safeguarding: working with and alongside families
  • ‘Fewer referrals, less stigma’ and wrapping support around the whole family
  • Family Safeguarding – Interprofessional Working
  • What Works Centre – Evaluation Round-Up
  • Warwickshire County Council’s Journey of Change

Issue 3 | Strengthening Families Journal

Do you have any feedback?

We would welcome your feedback on the Journal so we can ensure the series adds as much value as possible. Look out for opportunities to provide feedback via reader reviews, surveys and social media in the coming months on our website.

Previous journal issues

View previous issues of the SFPC journal.