SCIE press release

Report on "troubled families" – SCIE response

19 July 2012

SCIE’s Deputy Chief Executive Amanda Edwards says:

Today’s report is welcome because it highlights an issue that cannot now be ignored. It is good that the Government sees it as a useful contribution to their work in addressing issues that too many families face. It is also encouraging to see Louise Casey's early conclusions; that a whole-family approach is often best for dealing with multiple and inter-linked problems.

SCIE has long championed a whole-family approach to families with complex needs. In addition to encouraging dedicated teams such as Family Intervention Projects, SCIE promotes closer working between a range of existing services, across health, social care, education and the voluntary sector. For example, SCIE’s recent evaluation of whole-family approaches to mental health showed just how much can be done locally to make services better fit the needs of families where parents have a mental health problem. This need not cost a lot – even small changes to working practices and training can make a difference.


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