Family Intervention Project
What do we do?
The Family Intervention Project (FIP) provides the most ‘at
risk’ families with the high level, intensive support they
need to make positive changes.
We provide intensive support using a signs of safety model
and all of our work is underpinned by
the trans-theoretical model of change.
We support families to move through this change process,
including relapse stages, to a point where they are able to
function effectively without intensive support and with a view to
keeping families together where possible.
How do we do it?
- Whole family assessment (profile) and engagement of
family and services
- Support plan/safety planning
- Intensive support/intervention utilising a range of models and
- Regular review meetings and ongoing assessment
- Transparency with families- honesty, straight-talking,
challenge, sanctions and consistently involving other agencies
- Planned exit
- Follow up and post-intervention support
For more information, please see our detailed guide:
How to make a Request for
The family must be aware of and in agreement with
the Request for Intervention.
Initial Enquiries about the suitability of a family for FIP
intervention should be made over the phone by contacting one of the
FIP team members on 0191 277 1190.
If a FIP referral is appropriate then a FIP worker will carry
out a 'signs of safety' (SOS) referral with you in person.
This involves exploring the case, looking at strengths, worries
and initial planning with regard to ‘where we are able to go’. This
process can take time and referrers should allow an hour with the
FIP worker taking the referral.
As this process requires a lot of details, families
must be aware of and in agreement with requests
for our service.
FIP Manager - Rachel Green
Old Benwell Community Housing Office
68A Adelaide Terrace
0191 277 1190