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The director of The National Institute of Economic and Social Research Jonathan Portes wrote a blog in February criticising the Government's approach to "troubled families". He wrote:
Louise Casey, Head of a new Troubled Families Team, has said that some of the findings into England's most troubled families was 'difficult' and 'harrowing'.
Ms Casey told Daybreak that families from a troubled background of sexual and violent abuse often don't know how to parent properly.
A report into England's most troubled families has painted a grim picture of sexual abuse and welfare dependency going back generations.
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."
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.
- 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.