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, The Troubled Families Programme: the perfect social policy?, describes as ‘unbelievable’ government claims that the Troubled Families Programme has a 99 per cent success rate.
No social policy can expect to achieve a 100 per cent success rate. Yet according to government, the Troubled Families Programme has achieved almost exactly that.
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 organisations and councils that deliver services to them.
IPPR's call for a 'Troubled Lives Programme' is based on a failed policy and provides cover for the government to continue with unnecessary austerity measures, argues Stephen Crossley.
Stephen Crossley, PhD student in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, draws attention to the improbable 'success' of the Troubled Families programme.
Patrick Butler reports in today's Guardian on claims that early childhood brain development is the main cause of later social problems. There is 'deep unease' among British researchers, he writes, over the 'use of neuroscience' and the related 'underplaying of poverty' to influence child protection policy.
The government's troubled families programme is likely to miss its target to 'turn around' 120,000 so-called troubled families, the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee argues in a new report.
We missed this interesting and revealing interview with Troubled Families head Louise Casey when it first appeared in The Guardian last week.
Speaking on social work practice she said 'I think we need to bring back, actually, some emotional exposure, the ability to be human, the ability to empathise, not to be fearful of empathy.'
Richard Garside argues that while there are many families in real crisis, the Troubled Families programme will do little to address this.
Richard Garside comments on a recent speech by Louise Casey, head of the govenrment's 'Troubled Families' programme.
Richard Garside assess calls by Louise Casey for social workers to be more assertive in their dealings with troubled families.