The Social Policy Association have very kindly awarded Michael Lambert and myself a postgraduate grant to support the delivery of three events looking at the Troubled Families Programme, in the run up to the general election next May. So, please find below some information relating to the first of these seminars, which is taking place on the afternoon of 11 February 2015 at Durham University. More info on the format of the day can be found by clicking on the image below
This workshop will be split into three sections, with speakers from four different universities: the first part will explore the history of the concept of ‘troubled families’, looking at how the state’s interest in family life has evolved over time, including a specific focus on the similarities between the practices of workers helping the ‘problem families’ of the 1950s and those involved in the Troubled Families Programme today; the second part of the workshop will examine how workers are implementing the Troubled Families Programme in two different local authority areas in England, drawing on empirical research which has been conducted with the authorities, focusing on the issues of young people within the programme and the differences between discourse and practice within the programme; the final part of the workshop will allow for discussion, responses and feedback from audience members, with a view to influencing what might happen next.
We expect demand for this free event to be very high and places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The workshop is open to all and we hope that practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students will all be interested in attending. For more information on the speakers, the format of the event and to book a place at this event, please click here
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More information on the second and third events, to be held at Lancaster University in March and the London School of Economics in April will follow in due course.
Stephen Crossley (Durham University) & Michael Lambert (Lancaster University)