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Commissioning parenting and family support for Troubled Families

This report summarises the evidence to help support Troubled Families coordinators to ensure that families with complex needs receive the right evidence-based support in priority areas, such as parenting.

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The Troubled Families Programme works with disadvantaged families with complex needs, and is currently in its second phase. It will work with up to 400,000 families by 2020.

Over the next two years, the programme will have an even greater focus on tackling worklessness and associated issues. This will include an emphasis on tackling parental conflict, informed by EIF’s work in this area.

The programme will also place greater emphasis on ensuring that local activity is informed by evidence, and that good practice is shared.

Our commissioner guide on reducing parental conflict is another important resource for local Troubled Families teams.

See also: Donna Molloy, EIF director of dissemination, writes for the Troubled Families blog

About the authors

Dr Kirsten Asmussen

Kirsten is head of what works, child development, at EIF.

Stephanie Waddell

Steph is assistant director for impact and knowledge mobilisation at EIF.

Donna Molloy

Donna is director of policy & practice at EIF.