Supporting Leicestershire Families

Supporting Leicestershire Families is a service designed to provide support to vulnerable families in Blaby district.

A team of family support workers help vulnerable families to turn their lives around, avoiding the need for them to deal with several different agencies.

Known as Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF), the county-wide service brings together the county and district councils, the police, the NHS and other agencies, to help 500 families each year. It is part of a Government initiative.

In Leicestershire, vulnerable families currently cost the taxpayer £158 million per year, through benefits, health problems, care cases and other interventions from national and local agencies. It is estimated SLF will eventually save £50 million, or more than £20,000 per family, by providing better, more targeted services.

Research on Leicestershire’s most complex families shows that:

  • 80 per cent are out of work or have low income or benefits
  • 61 per cent have a parent with a substance misuse problem
  • 48 per cent have a family member who is or was an offender

59 per cent are lone parent households

Families receive help either by being referred by one of the member agencies, or by referring themselves.

For more information and an online referral form please visit -

Last updated 15 February 2019
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