All local authorities delivering Supporting Families must have an approved Outcome Plan setting out their family level outcomes against headline objectives set out in the programme guidance.
Since the start of the supporting families programme (formerly called the ‘Troubled families programme’), many local authorities have been using the Family Star Plus as part of evidencing outcomes within their approved Outcomes Plans.
This Family Star Plus was developed specifically to be aligned with the programme’s objectives, and the new Supporting Families outcomes framework was taken into account when creating the recently published 2nd edition of this version of the Star.
We have produced guidance to show how the Family Star Plus (2nd edition) fits well with the requirements set out in the ‘Supporting Families Outcomes Framework 2022-25’:
The new framework identifies ‘Practitioner and/or self-assessment’ and ‘Validated outcome measures’ as part of the evidence within all of the headline areas, and the Outcomes Star, while collaboratively completed, fits within this category. The validation of the Family Star Plus as an outcomes measure, including evidence of ‘inter-rater reliability’ and ‘predictive validity’ is reported in a recent peer-reviewed journal article (Good & MacKeith, 2021).
You can download our guidance on how to use the Family Star Plus (2nd Ed.) within the new Supporting Families framework here.