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300 problem families could get the help they need in York

City of York Council

12:00am 14th June 2012
(Updated 7:22am 14th June 2012)

Hundreds of families in York could benefit from a new scheme that is taking place in the city to work alongside families who need the most support.

Government figures out this week indicate that 315 families in York could get extra help to ensure their children are attending school, as well as tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour issues. The scheme will also support those adults who are currently unemployed to find work.

The initiative will build on York's highly successful Catalyst Family Intervention Project (FIP) and aims to develop an exciting new approach and a cultural change to turning around the lives of those families, which need most support.

Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People, said:

"This isn't about reacting to, but getting to the root of the causes of their problems. Under the scheme, families will each get a key worker who will help work intensively on all of their existing problems and bring in specialist services as required."

The scheme is being run on a payment-by-results basis with up to £4,000 available to the council for every family that is successfully supported.

This means that potentially up to £1,050,000 will be available to York over the next three years. In addition to this the local authority is investing its own existing resources to support and develop the programme.

This includes funding contributions from the Early Intervention Grant, housing and social landlords, drug and services, and support from education and local schools.  

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