In December 2011 the Government announced the Troubled Families Programme, committed to turning around the lives of 120,000 families. As part of the Troubled Families programme local authorities and partners will work together to:
- get children back into school
- reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour
- put adults on a path back to work
- reduce the high costs these families place on the public sector each year
Families can be identified for inclusion in the programme where at least 3 of the following criteria are met:
- Involvement in youth crime and/ or anti social behaviour
- The children are not in school (poor attendance or being excluded)
- A parent on out of work benefits
- There are/ or have been a number of agencies involved in the family
A new Troubled Families Unit has been set up within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), headed up by Louise Casey - the former lead for the Respect Task Force, which focused on tackling antisocial behaviour.
The Troubled Families Programme will be implemented over a 3 year period from 2012 - 2015 on a payments by results basis.
Locally, the Troubled Families Programme is known as FamiliesGateshead.