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315 ‘troubled’ families in York
YORK is estimated by the Government to have about 315 “troubled” families – and now funding is being provided for a major drive to help them turn around their lives.
A report to City of York Council’s Yor-OK Board said families were categorised as troubled if there was offending or antisocial behaviour by the under 18s, children were not going to school and parents were out of work.
Now a Troubled Families Partnership has been set up, chaired by council education chief Pete Dwyer, with representatives from schools, housing, police, children’s services, young people’s services, the voluntary sector and Future Prospects, and Linda Murphy has been appointed as York’s Troubled Families co-ordinator.
The report by Judy Kent, Children’s Trust Unit manager, said: “A dedicated keyworker will work with each family to co-ordinate a whole family support plan and to motivate and empower the family to make changes to their lives.
The report said the Troubled Families’ programme offered an opportunity to build on the learning from a highly successful ‘Catalyst’ Family Intervention Project which had already been running in York.
It said help was set to be given to 124 families in 2012/13, with 99 of them funded via a payment-by results scheme.
Members of the board welcomed the programme as a “brilliant” scheme, which would help families that were in real need and were not always just troubled, but also quite often troublesome, with a poverty of ambition and aspiration.
Mr Dwyer stressed the programme was not a panacea or a solution to all problems but would contribute to existing efforts to help such families.