“Families from hell” are to be given intensive
family support, the government has announced.
Children’s charities NCH and the Family Welfare
Association will be involved in a scheme to rehabilitate families
where parents and children are causing problems through anti-social
Each of the 50 designated “Together” areas for
action against anti-social behaviour will receive £25,000 to
spend on intensive family support – £1.25 million in total.
Family support is already being offered in the ten trailblazer
areas in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Camden, Manchester, Leeds
A Home Office review of the most difficult nuisance neighbour
cases found that in more than two thirds of the cases both parents
and children were involved. Half the cases involved threatening and
intimidating behaviour. The rest most commonly involved criminal
behaviour, noise, criminal damage and violence towards
Mental health problems were an issue for 29 per cent of the
families. A quarter of the families had already been evicted at
Behaviour changed as a result of legal action including eviction
in 39 per cent of cases.