UK Impact Report - Supporting families reduces children's offending and anti-social behaviour
According to Action for Children's new research, providing intensive family support has greatly reduced cases of children offending or displaying anti-social behaviour.
The annual Impact Report also reveals that intensive family support, where a key worker works very closely with one family, has helped 89% of parents maintain or improve their mental health and helped 81% of children develop strong relationships with their family.
Supporting families to live together safely can mean savings of up to £130,471 per family to other social services or agencies by preventing children offending or entering the care system.
The report also found:
- Functional Family Therapy, where clinical staff work intensively with a family to change the anti-social behaviour of a young person who is at risk of going into care or custody, resulted in more than 95% who stayed with their families and more than 80% ceased offending behaviour.
- Multi-systemic Therapy, a home-based programme to create sustained behavioural change, resulted in 91% of young people continuing to live at home and 82% having satisfactory school attendance.
- Where there was a risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, this risk had been reduced in 96% of cases.
- 87% of children improved their emotional well-being.
- 97% of young people remained in education, employment or training after 16 years of age.
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