Intensive support backed by study

Almost nine out of 10 “antisocial” families change their behaviour after receiving intensive support, according to a study.

Complaints of antisocial behaviour ceased or dropped “dramatically” after families became involved in rehabilitation schemes, found researchers at Sheffield Hallam University.

The risk to communities either fell or stopped completely in 92 per cent of cases following intervention.

The three-year independent evaluation focused on 256 families referred to six schemes, five of them run by children’s charity NCH, after their behaviour led to threats of eviction and homelessness.

More than half of the families had three or more children.



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