Troubled Families rebrand needs a 'long-term' funding commitment

Co-located services, a long-term funding commitment from government and a continuing focus on early intervention will all be key to making the rebranded Troubled Families programme successful, it has been warned.

The government has launched the “next phase” of the flagship programme, which will run from April 2021 to March 2022 and is being funded to the tune of £165m.

The initiative – which is now to be known as the Supporting Families programme – originally launched in 2012 and sees local authorities supporting some of the most vulnerable families in the country.

Families are assigned a dedicated key worker who helps to coordinate local services to resolve issues early before they can develop into significant problems.

The programme aims to tackle things such as abusive relationships, mental ill-health, and unemployment. When it comes to young people, a key aim of the initiative is to prevent children going into care or dropping out of school.

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