Families with a Future privacy notice

The national Troubled Families programme is known locally in Plymouth as 'Families with a Future'.

  • Working with local partners, Plymouth City Council has committed to the Government to deliver the national programme in Plymouth. In order to fulfil our obligations, deliver the programme, and evaluate its effectiveness, it is necessary to share information with our critical partners.
  • To help us identify, understand and meet the needs of families, and work out who could benefit from the additional support the programme offers, we will be sharing personal records that relate to you. This can include any records from social care, involvement with police, courts and probation, employment records, information on anti-social behaviour, violence in the home, substance misuse, educational attendance and behaviour, vulnerable children and health issues.
  • The personal data of individuals and families will be linked with information from public agencies. Organisations such as the NHS and other health organisations, Department for Work and Pensions, the Police, the Ministry of Justice, the probation services, schools and Youth Offending Team. The data will cover families who have been assessed, those who have participated in the programme and appropriate partner organisations.
  • The information needs to be linked to:
    • enable multi agency resources to be used to deliver the best levels of support to the most appropriate individuals or families based on need, risk, vulnerability, and to provide early intervention services to prevent need escalating
    • help the government and local service providers understand whether or not the programme has been effective in reducing offending, truancy and getting people ready for work and to help improve the service over time.
  • Data agreements for data that is submitted nationally are in place to ensure that:
    • any data can only be used for carrying out research
    • linked data cannot be used to make decisions about individuals
    • linked information is anonymised to reduce the risk of individuals being identified
    • it will be impossible for any person or family to be identified from any published reports
    • linked personal data will not be shared with or made available to the local authority or any other public agency
    • all data is transferred, handled and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act
    • appropriate measures are in place to prevent unauthorised use of the data
    • data is destroyed after eight years.