Our response to the prime minister's plan to support 'troubled families'

15 December 2011

In response to the Prime Minister's announcement on support for 'troubled families' Enver Solomon, Director of Policy at The Children's Society, said:

'Intensive family support coordinated by a dedicated skilled worker can make a real difference to chaotic families who have multiple needs. But it is important to recognise that there are no quick fixes for families and their children whose problems are often linked with challenging mental health needs, alcohol misuse and poverty. Turning around their lives can be a long term process that on the way involves success and failure depending a great deal on accessing good quality specialist support as well as achieving financial security.

'There are also many families and children that move in and out of crisis following sudden change in their lives who may not be identified as being the most troubled but must be able to access intensive support when they need it. Services should work for them as well as being made to work for those deemed to be in greatest need.'

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