Study shows scale of Troubled Families Problems
UNDERSTANDING TROUBLED FAMILIES document produced by The Department for Communities and Local Government is now available on line
Summary of key points:
'The findings show that on entry to the programme, the sample of troubled families had the following characteristics
•40% had 3 or more children, compared to 16% nationally
•49% were lone parent households, compared to 16% nationally
•82% of families had a problem related to education – such as persistent unauthorised absence, exclusion from school or being out of mainstream education
•71% of families had a health problem
•54% of families were involved in crime or anti -social behaviour
•42% of families had had police called out to their address in the previous six months.
-29% of troubled families were experiencing domestic violence or abuse on entry to the programme. National estimates put the level of domestic violence among individuals at around 7% in a year
•Over a third of families (35%) had a child who was either a Child in Need, subject to child protection arrangements or where a child had been taken into care
•One in five (22%) had been at risk of eviction in the previous six months
•In nearly three quarters of families (74%) families there was no one in work compared to 17% of households nationally
•In 83% of families, an adult was receiving and out of work benefit compared to around 11% of the population nationally
•70% were living in social housing compared to 18% of the population nationally.'