Braintree district: 113 troubled families who could need intensive intervention

Halstead Gazette: Braintree district: 113 troubled families who could need intensive intervention Braintree district: 113 troubled families who could need intensive intervention

More than £100,000 may need to be spent to turn Braintree’s troubled families around.

The latest figures, released by Essex County Council, show there are 113 families within the district who meet the Government’s criteria for intensive intervention.

The Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has named troubled families as one of the Community Safety Partnership’s priorities for the district.

Braintree Council’s community safety manager said: “There are a number of families within the district with complex and multiple needs that may encompass community safety.

“The priority identified the need for closer partnership working including linking into the Family Solutions Team Mid Team and sharing information and data under the agreed information sharing protocol.”

Families may meet the Government’s definition of troubled if they have characteristics such as being involved in youth crime or anti-social behaviour, having children regularly excluded from school or truanting, having an adult on out-of-work benefits or they are costing taxpayers a lot of money.

The average cost is an estimated £75,000 per year.

The Government’s financial framework for its Troubled Families Programme says intensive intervention, which brings together agencies such as the police and local councils, cost £10,000 per family.

As part of the programme the Government has said it will pay up to £4,000 of this.

Latest figures show there are 2,200 troubled families in Essex, excluding Southend and Thurrock, and that 736 were being worked with by local authorities at the end of September this year.

By the end of October this year 185 of those were classed as having been “turned around.”

By 2015 Essex County Council aims to have helped 2,220.

The Government’s programme aims to turn around 120,000 families between 2012 and 2015.

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1:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bhudeeka says...

make them pay themselves out of theire dole!!!!
make them pay themselves out of theire dole!!!! Bhudeeka

3:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Jack222 says...

Would it not be better to intervene on those who could become such families; it would be a more effective option.
Would it not be better to intervene on those who could become such families; it would be a more effective option. Jack222

5:15pm Mon 16 Dec 13

howwhy says...

The way ECC helped a lady that had a panic attack and stole her baby should not be entrusted with helping other needy human beings.
The way ECC helped a lady that had a panic attack and stole her baby should not be entrusted with helping other needy human beings. howwhy

12:08am Tue 17 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

So, we need closer partnership working including linking into the Family Solutions Team Mid Team and sharing information and data under the agreed information sharing protocol do we?

Well that sounds all fine and dandy; but of course we could always try the WORKHOUSE instead.

Bring back the Spike! Let them earn their dole and keep for once.

That might soon restore the motivation some of those who think it's 'cool' to be involved in youth crime, anti-social behaviour and truanting.

About turn - or else!
So, we need closer partnership working including linking into the Family Solutions Team Mid Team and sharing information and data under the agreed information sharing protocol do we? Well that sounds all fine and dandy; but of course we could always try the WORKHOUSE instead. Bring back the Spike! Let them earn their dole and keep for once. That might soon restore the motivation some of those who think it's 'cool' to be involved in youth crime, anti-social behaviour and truanting. About turn - or else! OMPITA [Intl]

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