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Following a look at the academic evidence, alongside consultation with practitioners and families themselves, Head of the government’s Troubled Families programme Louise Casey has published a new report that shows the life-changing results that good family intervention can have on even the most challenging households, along with a guide to best practice.

The ‘Working with Troubled Families’ report outlines that family intervention reduces:

  • involvement in anti-social behaviour by 59%
  • involvement in crime by 45%
  • truancy, exclusion, bad behaviour at school by 52%

It also points to the 5 key features of effective family intervention being:

  • 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

Louise Casey is now calling on councils to review their own ways of working with troubled families and adopt these principles in order to ensure that the significant momentum that has built up behind the programme – with all eligible local authorities in England on board and committed to working with over 40,000 families in this financial year – continues in 2013.

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