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The Troubled Families Programme: ‘good old fashioned social work'

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Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus

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Newcastle upon Tyne

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Overview: The UK Government’s Troubled Families Programme (TFP), established in the aftermath of the 2011 riots, set out to ‘turn around’ the lives of the 120,000 most troublesome and anti-social families in England. Following, the near-perfect success of the first phase (according to the government), the programme is now in its second phase, working with 400,000 more ‘troubled families’. This talk will examine: the ‘family intervention’ model that the TFP is based on; the portrayal of both ‘family workers’ and social workers within the discourses surrounding the programme; and the implications of the programme’s ‘success’ for social work practice and education.

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