‘Looking for trouble?’
The government’s Troubled Families Programme is one of the most high-profile and contentious social policies in recent years. Although it is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and administered by local authorities, the voluntary sector has played a key role at various points in its development and implementation. This paper adopts a critical stance and examines, for example, the role of the voluntary sector in: promoting previous constructions of ‘an underclass’; the development of the ‘family intervention’ model in a voluntary sector project in Dundee; providing enthusiastic support for the Troubled Families Programme despite numerous criticisms of it.
The Q3 NETSRG meeting will by a special session led by Stephen Crossley.