What is the Troubled Families Agenda and Programme?

Troubled Families is a programme of targeted-intervention for families with multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, mental health problems, domestic abuse and unemployment.

Local authorities identify ‘troubled families’ in their area and usually assign a key worker to act as a single point of contact. Central Government pay local authorities by results for each family they ‘turn around’. £448m was allocated to the first phase of the programme, which ran from 2012-2015 and the local authorities worked with around 120,000 families and ‘turned around’ 99%.

As a result of this success, the second phase of the Troubled Families programme was launched in 2015, with £920m allocated to help an additional 400,000 families. The second phase will run until 2020. The programme is run and managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Here at Foundations Project, we work in partnership with the local authorities to address these issues. Foundations Project is the first of its kind, designed to address the troubled family agenda by helping build the foundations to support families in need – through our centres that offer support, therapy and education. Our courses are all delivered within a residential setting for the whole family. They are ideal for families receiving social care support or charity support to overcome long-standing problems, which can lead to children repeating the cycle of issues which may include: domestic violence, relationship breakdown, mental and physical health problems and families that are in need of re-connecting.

If you are one of these social care or charity workers why not contact us now and discuss your requirements on 07772784710