4Children chief executive Anne Longfield has criticised the performance of the Troubled Families programme, saying that the inconsistent results reflect a lack of coordination on the ground.
Figures published last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government showed that the lives of 22,000 struggling families had so far been turned around by the programme, which aims to improve the lives of England’s 120,000 most troubled families by March 2015.
In a public response to the figures, Anne Longfield who heads up the children and families charity 4Children highlights the variations between the different local authorities who are managing the programme, and suggests that the programme is suffering from “a lack of coordination and patchy delivery”.
The report showed that some areas are making good progress but that others have a long way to go before targets, which assess key criteria for supporting families back into work and education and away from crime and antisocial behaviour, are met.
Longfield refers to 4Children’s own analysis of family work within local authorities, citing the inconsistency of performance: “the report highlights that there can be wide disparities in the performance of different local authorities, something backed up by our own analysis”.
Calling for a more joined up approach between local services, she has urged the government to take a more active role in ensuring local authorities are able to access the resources that allow them to support families effectively, with health, housing, employment and social services working in partnership to identify families and deliver positive results.