Family Lives Respond to Eric Pickles hails progress in troubled families programmes

"It is encouraging to see that progress is being made with a quarter of the government’s  120,000 most troubled families being reached.  Struggling families face numerous challenges which disrupt not just their lives, but the lives of those around them leaving whole communities with poorer outcomes.  There is a large and growing body of evidence connecting parenting and social outcomes such as crime, school exclusion, truancy, violence, mental health problems, limited educational attainment and employment prospects.

Whilst we recognise the importance of the early prevention services remaining in place to prevent families from spiralling out of control, it is encouraging that the government is also committed to turning round the lives of  families of young children and teenagers, as they may suddenly find that the parent-teen relationship has changed and they need a whole new set of parenting tactics, including encouraging school attendance, steering their children away from youth crime and helping adults to source employment.  When children have gone off the rails and parental ability, responsibility and respect are in tatters, support is needed to help adult regain their confidence and their authority to parent.

Family Lives believes that parents would benefit from some form of parenting support or advice.  Seeking support should be seen as a sign of strength not weakness.  As a charity, Family Lives offer free services to parents in an effort to improve the lives of children and to reduce the harmful effects of poor parenting on society. We urge people to support charities such as our own as we fight to tackle these problems by supporting good parenting.”

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive