Troubled families: 'intervention reduces antisocial behaviour involvement by 59%'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Legal, Local Government
The head of the Government's Troubled Families programme, Louise Casey, has published a report revealing the positive impact that intervention can have on "challenging households".
The report claims that intervention can reduce involvement in antisocial behaviour by 59%, and association with crime by 45%.
It also claims that problems at school, such as truancy, exclusion and bad behaviour, can be reduced by 52% through positive intervention.
The Government has pledged to turn around the lives of 120,000 "troubled families" by 2015.
The report outlines what it believes to be the five key features of successful family intervention:
- A dedicated worker, dedicated to a family
- Practical ‘hands on’ support
- A persistent, assertive and challenging approach
- Considering the family as a whole - gathering the intelligence
- Common purpose and agreed action
Ms Casey is now calling on councils to review the way they work with troubled families and adopt her five recommendations.
Next year, the Department for Communities and Local Government will hold a series of training academies for councils to help share best practice on family intervention.
Ms Casey said: "My last report was about listening to troubled families themselves and some of the stories from families were truly appalling. However these were families successfully going through family intervention and the results were impressive - so I wanted to ensure that this practice is adopted as widely as possible.
"This report makes a strong case about what works - family intervention that involves one dedicated worker for each family, providing tough but persistent challenge and support, has a dramatic impact, not just on the life chances of those within the families, but on the communities around them who suffer from the effects of truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour."
The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, said: "This important piece of work is a crucial step towards building a wide campaign of support behind the work we are doing to break an inter-generational cycle of misery and failure with these families. It will put rocket boosters under the Prime Minister’s pledge to turn around 120,000 troubled families by 2015.
"Effective family intervention also demonstrates that savings can be made for taxpayers by putting families back on the right track for the long run, rather than wasting money on simply reacting to their problems. We must have aspiration for every family and this work will reach all corners of the country."
Dame Clare Tickell, chief executive of Action for Children, said: "Since developing the initial model, we’ve seen how family intervention can really help vulnerable families facing multiple difficulties in their lives. It works by forming effective relationships with families and building on their strengths. This timely guide is a welcome resource, which will help people understand the key features of the model, learn what really works and ensure that projects are delivered to a high quality."