Scheme to help troubled families awarded £2.4m

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A SCHEME to help thousands of troubled families across South Yorkshire has been welcomed by Rotherham Council, which could receive around £2.4 million.

The Government scheme will see Rotherham working with over 700 families, offering them a package of support to help get children off the streets and back into school, reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour and put adults on a path back to work.

They will be awarded funding on a ‘payment by results’ basis.

Joyce Thacker, strategic director of children and young people services at Rotherham Council said: “The Families for Change programme is about changing behaviours, about breaking habits and giving families the chance to stand on their own two feet.

“The first and biggest step is for people to recognise they want to make genuine changes to their lives and commit to working as part of a coordinated team to make that happen.

“What is clear is that positive aims and outcomes within families will have an impact now, but also in the future for the children who will be the next generation of parents.

“That will lead to significant improvement for communities as a whole.”

Coun Paul Lakin, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “This is not about identifying several hundred families this is about real and sustainable change and the outcomes that can alter the lives of thousands of individuals, families and our local neighbourhoods.

“The success of this initiative will lead to positive outcomes throughout all areas of society – that is a given – but the focus we must not lose is this is about real people in real homes making real positive commitments to wanting to change.”

Sheffield Council could get £5.6 million, Doncaster £2.9 and Barnsley £2.1 million.