Council given cash for troubled families

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 May 2012


NORTH Somerset Council is set to spend £225,000 employing someone to help the 300 most ‘troubled’ families in the area.

A troubled families co-ordinator would target problem parents and children who have issues with crime, disorder and lack of employment or education.

The money for the new employee will come from central Government and it is hoped by working with the groups they will help reduce strain on the area’s emergency services and healthcare.

Prime Minister David Cameron has already confirmed his intention to ensure that 120,000 troubled families nationally are ‘turned around’ by the end of this Parliament.

These families are characterised by there being no adult in the family working, children not being in school and family members being involved in crime and antisocial behaviour.

Estimates show that in more than a third of troubled families, there are child protection problems.

Other figures from the department for communities and local government suggest that more than half of all children who are permanently excluded from school in England come from these families, as do one in five young offenders.

Under the Government initiative North Somerset Council is being given £75,000 each year for three years.

It is estimated there are about 300 ‘troubled families’ in North Somerset and the idea behind the programme is that there is targeted work with these groups.

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “By having a co-ordinated approach between agencies it is hoped that there will be better outcomes for these families and reducing costs to the state.”

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