SAVVI is an initiative funded by the DLUHC Local Digital Fund that helps local councils and their partners identify at-risk individuals and provide targeted support. It was launched in response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The project aims to define vulnerability as an increased risk of poor outcomes and uses data to identify and intervene with services to prevent such outcomes. SAVVI has focused on various vulnerabilities, including homelessness, child poverty, and coping during floods. It has aligned with the supporting families program to address education, safety from abuse, crime prevention, and more.

SAVVI’s approach involves developing a multi-agency interoperability model based on sector-wide data standards, data-sharing practices, and information governance within a model process to find, assess, and support those facing vulnerabilities. The SAVVI Declaration is committed to supporting vulnerable people during emergencies by identifying and supporting them effectively while optimising public sector funding and interventions. The shared ambition is to create conditions for shared learning and investment reuse across multiple vulnerability initiatives.

More information on the project can be found on the SAVVI website, including how to sign up for the SAVVI declaration and standards and explore the blog to stay up to date with case studies from a range of Local Authorities as the project progresses through phase three, building on the success of the phase one playbook development and pilots with deep dives. This includes ongoing updates on the cross-government working group on Vulnerability formed to look into the problems around public sector data interoperability that impede the identification and provision of support and services to vulnerable people and households and develop joint solutions to address them.


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