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Louise Casey's Troubled Families report lifts lid on problem households

A report into England's most troubled families has painted a grim picture of sexual abuse and welfare dependency going back generations.

Louise Casey, Head of a new Troubled Families Team Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press

In many households violence is endemic and "entrenched cycles of suffering problems and causing problems" poisons whole social networks.

The stark assessment came from David Cameron's troubled families tsar Louise Casey - who has been tasked with turning round the lives of the 120,000 most dysfunctional by 2015.

Ms Casey said: "None of the parents I spoke to wanted their children to repeat a life of chaos and trouble, but often they couldn't see how to put things right by themselves - they needed practical and persistent help to do so."

Government backs report on 'troubled families'

The Government has promised to pay upper-tier local authorities up to £4,000 per eligible family for reducing truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour, or putting parents back into work.

The programme's £ 448 million three-year budget is drawn from across seven departments in a bid to join up local services.

I welcome this report as an important part of that process as it provides a real insight into these families' dysfunctional lives.

My civil servants are not just sitting in an office in Whitehall telling local authorities what to do but seeking to gain a true understanding of the challenges they face.

– Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

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Report paints picture of England's most troubled families

  • Head of new Troubled Families Team Louise Casey conducted more than a dozen in-depth interviews to compile her report into England's most troubled families.
  • She found that experiences were often passed from generation to generation, such as domestic and sexual abuse, teenage pregnancies, police call-outs and educational failure.
  • Other common themes included people having children very young, and large numbers of them - often with different partners.
  • The report backed tackling the inter-linked issues of a whole family, rather than dealing with single problems or single individuals within a household.

'Entrenched' family abuse revealed

A report into England's most troubled families has painted a grim picture of sexual abuse and welfare dependency going back generations.

Violence is endemic in many of England's households a report has found Credit: ITV

In many households violence is endemic and "entrenched cycles of suffering problems and causing problems" poisons whole social networks.

The stark assessment came from David Cameron's troubled families tsar Louise Casey - who has been tasked with turning round the lives of the 120,000 most dysfunctional by 2015.

A child abused 'every 20 minutes'

A child was sexually assaulted in the UK every 20 minutes over the past year according to figures obtained by a charity.

In total 23 thousand children were abused in England and Wales over the last 12 months.

The NSPCC are calling for urgent measures to protect the most vulnerable children.

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