England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

07 February 2020

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

The programme focuses on early intervention among families with complex, interconnected problems. Key workers coordinate support from a range of services to tackle unemployment, poor school attendance, mental health issues, anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.

Before the extra funding, there had been doubts over the future of the programme, and its long-term future remains unclear.

An evaluation last year showed that, among those families participating, within 24 months the programme had reduced the proportion of children going into care by 32%, juvenile conviction rates by 15% and joblessness by 10%.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: ‘The programme will help more people in need get access to the early, practical and coordinated support to transform their lives for the better.’

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