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Monday, 23rd July 2012

UK: Listening to Troubled Families

Source: Department for Communities and Local Government (UK)

From the Introduction:In December 2010 the Prime Minister set out that he wanted troubled families’ lives to be turned around by the end of this Parliament.

The priority was to help families who were stuck with many problems, often responsible for causing problems, and also costing society a large amount of money in terms of the myriad of services that dealt with them without getting to the root causes; money spent simply containing families in dysfunction and hopelessness.

A team was established within Department of Communities and Local
Government in November 2011 to drive forward as a cross-departmental programme to deliver this aim, headed by Louise Casey CB and under the direction of the Secretary of State. £448m has been identified across government to fund this programme, in partnership with all 152 upper-tier local councils who will work with families in their area over the next three years.

However, before the programme of delivery proceeded any further, it was thought important to listen directly to troubled families in order to get a true and recent understanding of the problems they faced, their histories and what the real challenge of ‘turning around’ thousands of other such families nationwide would entail.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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