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A scheme propounded by the government to help troubled families is being started by Bracknell Forest council

Date: (23 May 2012)    |    

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Taking a cue from the government’s initiative to check unsocial behaviour among troubled families the Bracknell Forest has taken up a project with more than £1.1 million to tackle troublemakers and serial truants.
The government funds would be used to help 115 families over the next three years which would cost around £10,000 per family.
A co-coordinator would be employed by the Bracknell Forest Council who would oversee work with the borough’s struggling and anti social families.
The Government will provide extra funding based on targets, which include reducing absenteeism from school, reducing anti-social behaviour committed by the families selected for the programme and reducing crime committed by children in these families.
Extra cash will also be provided in case an adult in a ‘troubled family’ was moved off out-of-work benefits and into uninterrupted employment.
A report on the initiative from the council states that an estimated £9 billion a year is being spent for troubled families which come to £75,000 per family. Of that £9 billion, the vast majority, estimated at £8 billion, was being spent on reacting to problems rather than solving them the report said.
Though the issues with such programme were complex and there were no sure quick solutions to it the additional funding was being used to ensure support to the targeted group which needed the most support with the intention that long term dependencies on statutory services were reduced.
The council already works with local organisations to help “troubled families”, including health visitors, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the Family Intervention Project.
The council says that it could take 18 months to two years working with families rigorously before results could be expected.
The Troubled Families funding is being deployed nationally, with backing from Prime Minister David Cameron, and would see 120,000 of the nation’s families encouraged to radically transform their lives.
Bracknell Forest’s executive will meet on Tuesday to discuss the funding and is expected to endorse the approach to the programme.

 

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