Lambeth Council has made significant strides in turning around the lives of families in the borough, working under the Government’s Troubled Families scheme.
According to new figures, the council has helped 116 families in Lambeth without a working adult, where children are skipping school or members involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.
The initiative, which the council has called Aspirational Lambeth Families, aims to provide intensive support to families with complex needs to get adults back into work, get children back at school, cut anti-social behaviour and youth crime.
Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “I am delighted with the progress we have made by putting this scheme in place locally.
“We are working closely with numerous families to break long running cycles of disadvantage and improving the lives of those most in need.”
According to Government estimates there are 1,080 families in the borough needing specialist help – which is London’s second highest total. These families almost always have other long-standing problems which can lead to their children repeating the cycle of disadvantage.
One estimate shows that in over a third of the families there are child protection concerns, high levels of school exclusion and youth offending.
Other problems such as domestic violence, relationship breakdown, mental and physical health problems and isolation make it incredibly hard for families to sort things out; the Aspirational Lambeth Families programme is about working with these families to get their lives back on track.