Priority Families criteria

‌To qualify as a Priority Family, families need to who meet at least two of the following six criteria.

Problems with crime and anti-social behaviour

The family includes at least one of the following:

  • A child who has committed a proven offence in the previous 12 months.
  • An adult or child who has received an anti-social behaviour intervention (or equivalent local measure) in the last 12 months.
  • An adult prisoner who is less than 12 months from his/her release date and will have parenting responsibilities on release.
  • An adult who is currently subject to licence or supervision in the community, following release from prison, and has parenting responsibilities.
  • An adult currently serving a community order or suspended sentence, who has parenting responsibilities
  • Adults or children referred by professionals because their potential crime problem or offending behaviour is of equivalent concern to the indicators above.

Children who have not been attending school regularly

The family includes at least one of the following:

  • A child who is persistently absent from school for an average across the last three consecutive terms.
  • A child who has received at least three fixed term exclusions in the last three consecutive school terms.
  • A child who has been permanently excluded from school in the last three consecutive school terms.
  • A child who is in alternative provision for behavioural problems.
  • A child who is neither registered with a school, nor being educated otherwise.
  • A child referred by education professionals as having school attendance problems of equivalent concern to the indicators above because he/she is not receiving a suitable full time education.

Children who need help

The family includes at least one of the following:

  • A child who has been identified as needing early help.
  • A child who has been assessed as needing early help.
  • A child ‘in need’ under Section 17, Children Act 1989.A child who has been subject to an enquiry under Section 47, Children Act 1989.
  • A child subject to a Child Protection Plan.
  • A child referred by professionals as having problems of equivalent concern to the indicators above.

Adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion or young people at risk of worklessness

The family includes at least one of the following:

  • An adult in receipt of out of work benefits
  • An adult who is claiming Universal Credit and subject to work related conditions.
  • A child who is about to leave school, has no/ few qualifications and no planned education, training or employment.
  • A child or young person who is not in education, training or employment.
  • Parents and families referred by professionals as being at significant risk of financial exclusion.

Families affected by domestic violence and abuse

The family includes at least one of the following:

  • A young person or adult known to local services has having experienced, currently experiencing or at risk of experiencing domestic violence or abuse.
  • A young person or adult who is known to local services as having perpetrated an incident of domestic violence or abuse in the last 12 months.

The household or a family member has…

  • Been subject to a Police call out for at least one domestic incident in the last 12 months.

Parents and children with a range of health problems

The family includes at least one of the following:

  • An adult with parenting responsibilities or a child with mental health problems.
  • An adult with parenting responsibilities or a child with a drug or alcohol problem.
  • A new mother who has a mental health or substance misuse problem and other health factors associated with poor parenting. This could include mothers who are receiving a Universal Partnership Plus service.
  • Adults with parenting responsibilities or children who are referred by health professionals as having any mental and physical health problems of equivalent concern to the indicators above. This may include unhealthy behaviours, resulting in problems like obesity, malnutrition or diabetes.

How do I nominate Priority Families?

To nominate a family take a look at the Nomination Process‌ complete the Nomination form ‌. You will need to email it to priority.families@derby.gcsx.gov.uk

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