Barnardo’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie has responded to the Department of Local Communities and Government's troubled families strategy, saying it is important for the voluntary and statutory sector to "work together". Ms Carrie said:
“Many parents heading troubled families will have experienced poor parenting, abuse or neglect themselves and they need an understanding of their child’s needs.
“The voluntary and statutory sector must continue to work together to establish intensive multi-agency support for families to help them deal with issues early on.”
The Prime Minister has said that plans to give local councils money to help troubled families can "bring about real change", as the top ten local authorities have agreed to sign up to the Government's ambitious scheme. Mr Cameron said:
"I'm committed to transforming the lives of families stuck in a cycle of unemployment, alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour, where children are truants from school - troubled families who cause such negativity within their communities and who drain resources from our councils.
"I'm heartened that so many local authorities are alert to this challenge and are ready to take forwards our plans to bring about real change".
Louise Casey, the Head of the new Troubled Families Team has told Daybreak that government plans to give £4,000 to local councils in order to help troubled families, will only be paid if there are clear positive results.