02:37AM, Thursday 27 June 2013
The Intensive Family Support Project is a Royal Borough initiative aimed at getting adults back into work, increasing school attendance for children and reducing anti-social behaviour and crime with a tough love approach intended to get families to turn their lives around if they are willing to accept help.
So far, the borough's team has worked with 43 families, setting challenging targets and taking part in regular visits and checks to make sure they turn their backs on the likes of drugs, crime and truancy.
Workers involved in the scheme have experience in fields ranging from social care to housing and community safety.
A report on the project, which was launched in response to the Government's Troubled Families Programme, will be presented at a borough cabinet meeting tonight, with hopes a further 70 families will become involved with the project during 2013/2014.
"Sometimes it's as simple as going round and saying 'are the kids up for school yet?', said Cllr Natasha Airey (Con, Park), who is overseeing the project.
"It's really hands on, practical work. It's work in the field. It's working with the families and going to see them to check up on them."