Interim guidance for troubled families programme early starter areas: sharing health information about patients and service users with troubled families

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 November 2014
Families, Health Services
Social welfare
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Troubled Families Teams in local authorities work to empower and support families with multiple problems in their communities. The Programme reaches families affected by poor school attendance, crime, anti-social behaviour, and unemployment as well as those with younger children in need of help, and issues including domestic violence and mental and physical health problems.

This interim guidance reflects the Information Governance Alliance’s 5 rules for information sharing for direct care due for publication later this year. It sets out how NHS and Adult Social Care organisations can work within these rules to share information in the interests of families, to identify families who could benefit from the Troubled Families Programme. In addition, health professionals can continue to refer families directly into the programme, with the families’ agreement.

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