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Problem families have more unplanned children who are taken into care says a damning report

Date: (18 July 2012)    |    

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A hard hitting report on 120,000 problem households has revealed that those responsible for antisocial behaviour have a trait of high number of incest and sexual abuse, physical violence and a spiral of alcohol abuse and crime.
The study by Troubled Families boss’ Louise Casey has found that the hopeless families over generation took pregnancies as just happening thing even when their own children have been taken into care.
Half of the families studied for the report had four or more children, while the national average was one family in ten.
Miss Casey’s study had focused on problem families which have already been the subject of family intervention unit. Close to three quarters of those interviewed were families where the mother had suffered domestic abuse.
Of the parents interviewed, 11 out of the 16 were under 18 when they had children. The report found many of the parents was little more than children themselves when they became parents this was due to an irresponsible approach to family planning.
When asked why they had so many children they replied pregnancies just happened and they were really not in control to prevent it from happening.
The violence often seemed all pervading, between parents, between parents and child, between extended family, between siblings and spilling out on the street and into the classroom,’ the Casey report says. The report will be used to help formulate the Government’s plans for tackling problem families.
Government figures show that most problem families were in Birmingham, where there are more than 4,000.
Lancashire, Kent, Manchester, Essex, Leeds and Liverpool all have more than 2,000. The worst London council is Tower Hamlets, where there are more than 1,110 problem families in a relatively small area.
To control truancy, youth crime and anti-social behaviour or put parents back into work the government has launched a scheme Troubled Families programme, under which the Department for Communities and Local Government will pay local authorities up to £4,000 a family on a payment-by-results basis to reduce the maladies afflicting these families. The £448million three-year budget programme involves seven departments in a bid to join up local services dealing with these families on the frontline.
Miss Casey’s study found Intergenerational transmission of problems such as being in care, poor parenting, violence, abuse, low aspirations, non attendance in school and low or no qualifications was rife.