Families for Change

  1. Families for Change
  2. What does Families for Change offer?
  3. Privacy notice
  4. Information sharing (You are here)

Information sharing

What is the Troubled Families Programme?

The Families for Change Programme is part of a national programme aimed at improving the lives of families with complex needs. They will be families who are affected by several of these problems:

  • Crime or anti-social behaviour
  • Domestic Violence and abuse
  • Children who need help
  • A range of health problems, including problems with drugs or alcohol, mental health or an unusual number of accidents
  • Children who have not been attending school regularly
  • Worklessness or financial exclusion.

Where we store your data

Local Authorities hold your personal information in order to provide services to you. Information on school attendance and attainment, criminal offences, benefits and employment is collected routinely by Government Departments.

Who we share your data with

Your data will be shared with a research organisation called the Office of National Statistics (ONS). ONS will ask Government Departments to match identifiers such as names and dates of birth to the data they routinely collect to measure your progress. The data will be transferred, handled and stored and securely destroyed after the completion of the research project in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Why we share your data

The reason for linking the information is to help the Government and local service providers understand whether or not the programme and reorganising service delivery has been effective in turning around the lives of families.

How this will affect you

It won’t affect you personally. The data used for the research will be anonymised so no one will be able to identify you. The findings will be reported at group level. For example any reports would include statements such as: “Over 70% of families on the programme were successful in reducing their offending behaviour for six months after receiving treatment as part of the programme.”

The results will not be used to make any decisions about the service you currently receive and will not affect any benefits, services or treatment you may be entitled to.

Who is the data controller and data processor for the project?

A Data Controller means a person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are to be, processed.

A Data Processor in relation to personal data, means any person (other than an employee of the data controller) who processes the data on behalf of the data controller.

ONS will be the data processor for the matched data provided by Government Departments.

Government Departments will be the data processor for the matched data they provide to ONS.;

DCLG will be data controller for the matched data and anonymised dataset created from the matched data provided by Government Departments.

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