Sunday, 24 January 2010

£200,000 to Help Tackle Dysfunctional Families

The Lincolnshire Echo is reporting that almost £200,000 of Government cash has been dedicated to tackling problem families in Lincolnshire.

The cash will be used to employ a team of seven who will work to slash rates of antisocial behaviour, domestic violence alcohol and drug abuse and teenage pregnancy. Lincoln, West Lindsey and Boston have been targeted as areas where help is needed.

This was confirmed by the Rt. Hon. Dawn Primarolo MP, Labour (Bristol South), Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, when announcing a further eighty-eight new Family Intervention Projects across the country.

The Government states that research published in November proves that Family Intervention Projects have a lasting impact on the families that have worked with since the scheme was launched in 2007.

Ms Primarolo said:
"Family Intervention Projects challenge, confront and support parents and children to help them change their behaviour for the benefit of the whole family and wider community.

"Prevention is the best way to stop problems with families escalating and impacting their neighbours."
The money awarded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families and Lincolnshire County Council is supplemented by cash already made available by West Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership and, together, will pay for five key workers plus a manager and administration assistant.

Chairman of the West Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, Cllr. Geoff Wiseman, Conservative (Middle Rasen Ward) said:
"We will change behaviour to enable 'chaotic' families to live independently in communities and improve the quality of life for those families.
"We also aim to improve the quality of life for families in the wider community who are 'victims' or witnesses to the behaviour of the chaotic families. 
"It is fantastic news that our bid has been approved and we will be advertising for staff very soon and hope to have the team in place by the end of March and be making a real difference to the lives of the families and the communities concerned very soon after that."
Acknowledgement: Lincolnshire Echo | News | 23/01/10

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