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Troubled family scheme 'works'

A Government scheme that encourages effective intervention by social workers can dramatically reduce troubled families' involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour, according to an official report released today.

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Troubled families intervention requires 'dedicated worker'

Louise Casey, head of the Government's Troubled Families programme, said social workers need to take "persistent, assertive and challenging approach" to the troubled families they work with and offer practical "hands on support" for the intervention scheme to succeed.

Ms Casey said following the release of her report titled, "Working with Troubled Families":

Family intervention that involves one dedicated worker for each family, providing tough but persistent challenge and support, has a dramatic impact, not just on the life chances of those within the families, but on the communities around them who suffer from the effects of truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

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