Scheme for troubled families in Hampshire wins praise

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A PROGRAMME to support troubled families has been praised in a University of Portsmouth study.

Professor Carol Hayden spoke about Hampshire County Council’s ‘supporting troubled families’ scheme at a meeting of the Supporting Troubled Families Strategic Group.

Prof Hayden said the support provided by the council was ‘promoting positive change’ and had led to reduced absence from school and savings to the public purse of more than £2.4m.

The council’s deputy leader, Councillor Keith Mans, said he was delighted with the results of the study.

He said: ‘It is encouraging to see that the independent evaluation both highlights and emphasises the success of the programme to date.

‘Four out of five of those families that we claimed a positive outcome for in May 2014 have improved school attendance for their children and reduced school exclusions, youth offending or anti social behaviour.’