Family Star™ and Family Star™ Plus

The Outcomes Stars™ for parents 

The Family Star and the Family Star Plus are widely used to support parents and their families by local authorities and voluntary sector services across the UK - please see the list at the bottom of this page for more information.

Where the Family Star or Family Star Plus is used with a family, My Star can also be used to capture the voice of the child, their needs, their perspective on the changes they are experiencing, and to check that the changes made by parents are enabling their children to thrive. For example, in the pilot there was strong feedback that My Star helped to 'bring the child into the room' in multi-agency discussions. 

We are also piloting the Family Star Mini, developed with RBKC, for use in briefer interventions with parents of babies and young children, including drop-in groups with some one to one support. This will be available in 2015.

Development: Triangle with Camden Council CSF and Camden service providers including Hopscotch, Coram, Elfrida Rathbone, Families In Focus, Agar Grove Children's Centre and the YOS, plus Family Action and additional piloting and feedback from Hampshire Family Services. 

Copyright: Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise Limited

See a case study of the Family Star putting the family at the centre at Family Action 

Family Star™ (Second Edition)

The Family Star works best for parents with younger children, including children's centres.

Outcome Areas: The Family Star covers eight areas of parenting essential to enabling children to thrive: 

  1. Physical health
  2. Emotional well-being
  3. Keeping your children safe
  4. Social networks
  5. Education and learning
  6. Boundaries and behaviour
  7. Family routine
  8. Home and money

Resources: The following toosl are available for the Family Star:

  1. Family Star Chart and Action Plan
  2. Family Star User Guide
  3. Family Star Organisation Guide 
  4. Family Star Online
  5. Training for managers and workers

Full materials are available for organisations with a Star Licence and training for all mangers and workers using the Star.

Family Star™ Plus

The Family Star Plus is a variant of the Family Star, and is a direct reponse to the UK Government's Troubled Families initiative. It provides evidence within the key Phase 1 areas of employability, anti-social behaviour and school attendance. 

It may also be more suitable for families with multiple needs, or with older children.

The Family Star Plus has two additional scales to give greater focus on the parent themselves as well as their parenting abilities. It covers ten areas, with a scale on the parent’s progress to work and separate scales for the parent’s emotional well-being and their support of their children’s emotional well-being. The remaining seven scales are identical to those in the Family Star. 

Outcome Areas: The Family Star PLus covers ten areas of parenting essential to enabling children to thrive and in line with the UK Government's Troubled Families initiative:

  1. Physical health
  2. Your well-being
  3. Meeting emotional needs
  4. Keeping your children safe
  5. Social networks
  6. Education and learning
  7. Boundaries and behaviour
  8. Family routine
  9. Home and money
  10. Progress to work

Resources: The following tools are available for the Family Star Plus:

  1. Family Star Plus Chart and Action Plan
  2. Family Star Plus User Guide
  3. Family Star Plus Organisation Guide 
  4. Family Star Plus Online
  5. Training for managers and workers

Full materials are available for organisations with a Star Licence and training for all workers and managers using the Star.

Who is using the Star?

The following is a list of UK Local Authorities rolling out the Family Star and/or Family Star Plus, with many more to be added:

  1. Slough
  2. Wakefield
  3. Oxfordshire
  4. Southampton City Council
  5. West Sussex
  6. Buckinghamshire
  7. Fife Council
  8. Leicestershire
  9. Luton
  10. Wokingham
  11. Westminster
  12. Staffordshire
  13. Peterborough
  14. Croydon
  15. Torbay
  16. Devon
  17. Northumberland
  18. Stoke on Trent
  19. Vale of Glamorgan
  20. Lancashire
  21. Cornwall
  22. Milton Keynes
  23. Hounslow
  24. Kirklees
  25. London Borough of Merton
  26. Barnsley
  27. Kent
  28. Bradford
  29. Haringey
  30. Camden