Council is gearing-up to help Calderdale’s problem families

The council expects to receive up to £550,000 from the Government to help improve the lives of problem families in Calderdale.

The money should enable 30 key workers to be appointed to assist 100 or so of those most at risk.

Calderdale Council will also reorganise its services for young people up to the age of 19 so that they are locally based and closer to those they are supposed to help.

The Government estimates that there are 120,000 “Troubled Families” who cost taxpayers £9 billion a year.

They often have no adult in work, children absent from school and members involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Locality working with our partners will enable the efficient delivery of early and focussed intensive intervention to children, young people and their families who have been identified as being most at risk of needing specialist services,” said council’s director of young people’s services, Stuart Smith.

Details have still to be confirmed but the council anticipates receiving £4,000 per family for three years with some of the money based on results.

An additional £100,000 will be available to appoint a troubled families coordinator, said Mr Smith in a report to the cabinet.

The families which the council intends to focus on include those whose problems are classed as complex. They might be excluded from existing services but are identified as vulnerable or receiving mutiple services.

*In April, the DfE ordered the council to develop a strategy to better meet the needs of children and families.