Family Context Tool

Practical advice, guidance, and information on replicating our award-winning Family Context tool.

We created the Family Context tool to see if we could apply data and digital solutions to help ensure more young people are well looked after by their families and fewer end up in care. We wanted to provide social workers with easier access to contextual information, support child referrals more efficiently and enable social workers to spend more time helping children and their families.

We have developed the tool in collaboration with our partners and with funding from the DLUHC. Working to meet the Local Digital Declaration’s objectives, throughout the project, we have shared progress in the open. We hope we have designed a solution that can be replicated by other authorities.

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To make things easier for you, we have broken the content in this toolkit into the following categories:



Share our journey from the very beginning. You can read the progress of the project through our blogs, starting with the initial award from Local Digital Fund in 2019.



Download our Family Context PowerPoint 2022 introductory presentation

Download our practical Step by step guide on how to use the tool.


Working with Information Governance, we have put together guidance for appropriate usage of the tool for our social workers. Download Guidance for Usage of the Family Context Tool in Stockport



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What do our social workers say?

We’re so busy that being able to do something in 20 minutes rather than 2 hours makes such a difference to us

One piece of information can change the decision for a family

Time, time, time. It’s absolutely amazing to be able to bring everything together very quickly. We’re so busy that being able to do something in 20 minutes rather than 2 hours makes such a difference to us.

I used Family Context to contact the primary lead and got the information back in that same meeting and fed that in – it helped inform what that intervention was going to be for that family.

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