Greenwich scheme now supports families in debt, health and children at risk of being taken into care

Greenwich support scheme given bigger role with vulnerable families

Greenwich support scheme given bigger role with vulnerable families

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Vulnerable families in Greenwich will have additional support after a government scheme has been given the green light to extend its responsibilities.

‘Families First’ provides support for families dealing with issues like school truancy, crime and anti-social behavior and other major barriers to employment.

The programme will now support families with debt problems, parents and children with health problems, and children at risk of being taken into care.

Councillor Maureen O’Mara, Royal Borough of Greenwich Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health said: “The Royal Borough recognises that providing access to a good education and employment and improving skills are the best ways to help families become secure and establish good role models for the next generation. However, we also recognise that for some families even taking the first steps towards positive changes can simply seem like too much to take on.”

The scheme is part of a wider national initiative called the ‘Troubled Families Programme’ and since its launch last year has helped around 450 of 790 households in Greenwich, which puts it ahead of the London and national average success rate.

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6:38pm Thu 28 Aug 14

annam85 says...

Some families are beyond help. They have been a burden on communities/ police/ schools/councils/cou
rts for so long that no amount of 'support' would change thier behaviour. The kind of 'help' being given is a free college course or a lesson in responsible parenting. This does absolutely no good in the long term and just adds to the vast sums being invested in them. I feel that the only way to deal with them is to sterilise them all and send them to one housing complex in the middle of nowhere, give them a decent standard of living and let them all die off. I know it can't happen...it just frustrates me that so much money is being spent on a small few when so many other services are suffering. Always the way eh? Good, honest and hardworking people get no reward in this country...Just a massive bill to sort the others out.
Some families are beyond help. They have been a burden on communities/ police/ schools/councils/cou rts for so long that no amount of 'support' would change thier behaviour. The kind of 'help' being given is a free college course or a lesson in responsible parenting. This does absolutely no good in the long term and just adds to the vast sums being invested in them. I feel that the only way to deal with them is to sterilise them all and send them to one housing complex in the middle of nowhere, give them a decent standard of living and let them all die off. I know it can't happen...it just frustrates me that so much money is being spent on a small few when so many other services are suffering. Always the way eh? Good, honest and hardworking people get no reward in this country...Just a massive bill to sort the others out. annam85
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