Family Context

Family Context is a tool that allows social workers to easily access service involvement information on relevant individuals to a child.

Together with Leeds City Council and Stockport Metropolitan Borough we conducted extensive user research including 80+ interviews, workshops, consultation and surveys with families, social workers, team leaders, senior leadership and more. We found that social workers want access to the contact details of the lead practitioner of a case from other services (police, housing, schools and adult social care) and basic information on when the service was last involved with the family.

What are the benefits of using Family Context?

Watch this video demonstration of the tool to learn more about how it works.

Our team have enabled Leeds and Stockport to design, build and embed a data sharing solution that empowers social workers, enables professional judgment, protects privacy and ultimately enables children and their families to access the right support and reach their potential. Family Context will:

  • Reduce the amount of time social workers spend chasing information
  • Enable more joint working between services (e.g. children’s social care working more closely with adult social care)
  • Ensure social workers have access to all the information they need when assessing safeguarding risk and making support decisions for children and their family
  • Allow children and families to access better, more timely services.

What we are doing now

We’re excited to share news of an expansion of the project to London, with funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. We are actively looking for children’s services departments in London local authorities to participate.

If you are interested please get in touch with


Sign up for the Social Finance newsletters



We'll keep your data secure and won't share it outside of Social Finance, ever. For more details read our privacy policy.