Intervention projects improve anti-social behaviour

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A new report which researched the lives of over 1000 families shows that family intervention projects have an 'overwhelmingly positive' impact on anti-social behaviour.

Key findings from the research found that families at the end of a Family Intervention Project (FIP) showed:

  • 64 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour
  • 58 per cent reduction in truancy, exclusion and bad behaviour among children and young people
  • 70 per cent reduction in drug and substance misuse
  • 53 per cent reduction in alcoholism.

Importantly, these improvements continued long after the intervention had ended.

Children's Minister Dawn Primarolo said: "This report reaffirms our commitment to not leaving vulnerable or difficult families behind. If a family poses a challenge or a threat to a community, it is imperative that services work together to improve the lives of that family and of the local community.

"The intensive and targeted support provided by FIPs is working and we welcome the significant reductions in anti-social behaviour, exclusions and substance misuse."

Family Intervention Projects (FIPs) work with the most challenging families. Issues they tackle can include anti-social behaviour, youth crime, school absenteeism, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, poor mental health and inter generational social disadvantage.

A key worker works closely with the families, using a combination of support and sanctions to motivate the families to change.