Intensive Family Support Service & Intensive Family Support Service Lite

What is IFSS & IFSS Lite?

The model is designed to work with families experiencing multiple needs and exclusions, but whose primary issue is parental substance use that places children at potential risk from harm if not supported early.

Our Approach

  • IFFS – Working intensively with families carrying out five sessions per week for a 4-6 weeks based on the option 2 strength-based model, with 3 check-in sessions provided at 1, 3 & 6 months post-intervention.
  • IFFS Lite – Working intensively with families carrying out one session per week for 10-12 weeks with check-ins for 1 and 3 months after intervention.
  • Addressing the vulnerability of adults within a holistic family intervention.
  • Balancing risk with resilience and risk to health and wellbeing.
  • Working with a clear therapeutic process to motivate whole families and instil hope.
  • Building confidence by using existing ‘hidden’ skills.
  • Finding values and strengths specific to each family.
  • Bringing about behaviour change, teaching new skills and coping mechanisms.
  • Encouraging autonomy and accepting service users as experts in their own life.
  • Empowering whole families.
  • Access to our family therapist.

Referral Criteria

  • Parental Substance Misuse.
  • IFFS – Child/ren subject to a Child Protection Plan or Public Law Outline.
  • IFFS Lite – Child/ren subject to a child in need plan.
  • Child/ren living at home or able to return home within 7 days.
  • Child/ren must have an allocated social worker retaining overall case responsibility.
  • Informed consent from the family in all circumstances.

Our Key Objectives

  • Keeping families together safely, whenever possible.
  • Empowering positive change.
  • Self-identifying goals for sustained change.
  • Transforming how existing services work with families.
  • Supporting care plans.

Get in touch

Call us 01785 241393


Please click here for the IFSS & IFSS Lite referral form*

*We can only accept referrals from Children’s Services.


This project is part-funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Life Chances Fund, and administered by The National Lottery Community Fund.