Troubled Families in Leicestershire

Published: February, 2014

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Full BMJ Article : Blue Sky Commissioning 25 Jan 2014


In Leicester two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are putting £1.5m (€1.8m; £$2.5m) over three years towards a family support service called Leicestershire Together. Louise Casey, who leads the government’s troubled families programme, has applauded the groups’ efforts.

She said that troubled families nearly always have a history of physical violence and sexual abuse that leads, among other things, to antisocial behaviour, crime, truancy, and chronic health conditions. “GPs will know these families, often for more than a generation,” said Casey.

Casey acknowledged that tackling the problems of troubled families was “tricky territory” but that no one was doing enough. “You can get a cast for a broken arm, but if that broken arm is from a violent partner is that enough?” she asked.

The government estimates that £9bn is spent on troubled families every year—an average of £75  000 per family. Of this, £8bn is spent reacting to the consequences of the families’ problems, with just £1bn going towards helping …



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