The Troubled Families Programme has recently been subject to parliamentary and media debate. This event aims to take stock of the Programme's fortunes.

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About the event

The recent decision by the Public Accounts Committee to hold an inquiry into the Troubled Families programme will encourage more public debate about the controversial programme.

At Troubled Families: Origins, evaluation and policy context, Stephen Crossley, the author of The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?, one of the Centre’s most cited publications, will be joined by a range of experts in the field to take stock of the programme and discuss what the future holds.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Programme and speakers

The key themes of the day will include:

  1. The origins of the programme
  2. Analysis of the research used to justify the programme.
  3. The 2011 riots as the rationale for launch
  4. The official evaluation of the programme
  5. The state’s interaction with the family

Those who will be making a contribution to the day include:

  • Matthew Barnes (City University)
  • Sue Bond-Taylor (University of Lincoln)
  • Ruth Cain (University of Kent)
  • Harriet Churchill (University of Sheffield)
  • Stephen Crossley (Northumbria University)
  • Ros Edwards (University of Southampton)
  • Val Gillies (University of Westminster)
  • Michael Lambert (Lancaster University)
  • Kate Morris (University of Sheffield)
  • Jonathan Portes (National Institute of Economic and Social Research)
  • Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (University of Liverpool). 

Who might be interested in this event?

This event will be of interest to practitioners and policy-makers who have an interest in evidenced based policy making and social policy, health policy, family policy and criminal justice policy and practice.

Event fee

There is no fee for this event and all are welcome, regardless of income. We are encouraging voluntary donations from those who can afford it to cover the costs of the lunch and event organisation.

Venue, time and date

January 20th, 2017 10:30 AM to  5:00 PM
University of Liverpool in London Campus
33 Finsbury Square
London, EC2A 1AG
United Kingdom
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Phone: 020 7840 6110
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