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‘Drowning’ in problems

A new report has shown that troubled families being helped to turn their lives around have an average of 9 different serious problems.  The independently produced data showed that, as well as having significant problems with truancy, youth crime, anti-social behaviour and worklessness; of the families being worked with in the government’s Troubled Families programme:

  • 71% also have a health problem
  • 46% have a mental health concern
  • 29% are experiencing domestic violence or abuse
  • 22% have been at risk of eviction in the previous 6 months
  • 35% had a child of concern to social services or who has been taken into care
  • 40% have 3 or more children, compared to 16% nationally
  • police callouts in the previous 6 months have averaged 5 per family
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