Centre welcomes abandonment of Troubled Families Programme

Our report arguing that claims of success for the Troubled Families Programme were ‘too good to be true’ was cited this morning on the Radio Four Today programme.

The programme also heard from Professor Jonathan Portes, formerly of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (...

4 April 2017

Comment on Troubled Families report leak

Commenting on the leak of the independent Troubles Families evaluation, described as ‘damning’ of the project by a senior civil servant, our Deputy Director, Will McMahon,...

9 August 2016

Frontline worker: 'Troubled Families is a fraudulent scam'

Having followed The Guardian coverage of the Troubled Families programme over the last year or so, I feel a strong need to air my frustration and flesh out the growing incredulity in...

Front line social care worker
29 February 2016

Troubled Families success claims 'unbelievable'

A key government programme supposedly targeting the most troubled families in England is probably wasting millions of pounds a year and is working with the wrong families in the wrong way, according to a new report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report,...

11 November 2015

The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?

The programme has apparently turned around the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and excluded families across England, in a remarkably short period of time. All of this has occurred against a backdrop of cuts to local services and welfare reforms which have hit not just families, but the very...
Stephen Crossley
11 November 2015