Troubled Families programme having ‘limited impact’

The Government’s Troubled Families initiative has had little impact on job prospects or outcomes for targeted children, an evaluation report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has found. The study, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government, found that there were periods of positive outcomes and periods of negative outcomes for families involved with the scheme. However, Dame Louise Casey, who led the Troubled Families programme for three years, said the initiative had been ‘misrepresented’ by academics.

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