Extra help for troubled Sheffield families

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A Government programme which seeks to help vulnerable children from struggling homes get a better chance in life is set to reach more Sheffield families.

The Troubled Families programme, which has already worked with almost 900 households across the city, is to be expanded later this year.

The 889 families targeted so far have experienced problems such as truancy, crime, anti-social behaviour, unemployment and domestic violence.

A national programme will roll out from next year, with the aim of helping households which cost taxpayers thousands if there is no effective intervention.

As well as working with under fives for the first time, the expanded scheme will have a focus on improving health.

New families targeted may also have debts, or children at risk of being taken into care.