There is evidence to suggest that family based interventions, which are designed to tackle issues such as ASB, have positive outcomes. A 2012 report highlighted the following key features of an effective family intervention: 2

  • a dedicated worker, dedicated to a family
  • practical ‘hands on’ support
  • a persistent, assertive and challenging approach
  • considering the family as a whole – gathering the intelligence
  • common purpose and agreed action.

In line with these principles, the Troubled Families programme was first launched in England in 2012, providing targeted interventions for families with multiple problems – including crime, anti-social behaviour, mental health problems, domestic abuse and unemployment. The programme is funded by central government and delivered by local authorities.

References

  1. Department for Communities and Local Government, “Working with Troubled Familie: a guide to the evidence and good practice,” 2012.
  2. Department for Communities and Local Government, “Working with Troubled Familie: a guide to the evidence and good practice,” 2012.