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Short-term support for families in crisis offers value for money – and it works

This government has made much of the support on offer to so-called "troubled families", investing heavily now to avoid longer term and bigger costs to society.<p>Yet a once popular and effective method for supporting families and keeping children out of full-time care seems to have been …

Troubled Families head Louise Casey: 'What's missing is love'

Casey's task is daunting – to turn around the fortunes of 120,000 of England's most damaged and damaging families. So how's that going? Surprisingly well actually<p>Louise Casey has been in charge of the government's Troubled Families Programme for two years, and been in public life for nearly 15. So …

How Barnsley is teaming up services to tackle troubled families

The atmosphere around the table is emotional, to say the least.<p>Libby is talking about her recent trip to Asda and the hairdressing qualification she recently gained. Not so dramatic, you might think, but when you consider that just a couple of years ago she wouldn't even get out of her dressing …

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Eric Pickles hails progress in tackling 'troubled families'

The government makes the bold claim on Monday that it has turned around the lives of 22,000 problem families, and says it has now identified 92,000 out of the 120,000 such families said to exist in England.<p>The assertion by the Department for Communities suggests the government may be on track with …