Backing for troubled families scheme

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COUNCIL bosses are backing to a multimillion-pound scheme to tackle hundreds of troubled families on Wearside.

Up to 805 Sunderland households facing problems such as truanting children, youth crime, parents with addiction and long-term unemployment, will be targeted by the Government initiative.

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As reported in the Echo, it is hoped the £2.6million local drive, to be adopted by every eligible council in the country after a pilot project, will help to turn lives around within three years.

City councillor Pat Smith said: “In Sunderland there is already integrated partnership working to deliver intensive services to support those families with the most complex of needs.

“In response to the Troubled Families initiative, we are now taking the opportunity to look at ways we can provide better integrated partnership services and support that will help strengthen these families in challenging times.

“The agenda is challenging, and will require not only the council but all partners to work differently together and develop new relationships with families across Sunderland to get children back into school, family members into work and to stop crime and antisocial behaviour.”