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24 January 2013
Action for Children responds to a report in The Daily Telegraph, published by Eric Pickles the Secretary of State for Communities.
Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children comments,
"Today's report reinforces the value of intensive family support services, the benefits they bring to individuals, and not least the cost effectiveness to local authorities. They are targeted services that provide both intensive support and challenge to families experiencing difficulties, and where a service is delivered through a key worker who forms a strong professional relationship with the family.
Without effective and timely interventions we will not break intergenerational cycles of deprivation, meaning problems within families can be perpetual. The impact on individuals can be devastating but there is also an impact on society as a whole, both socially and financially.
Cost analyses of family intervention projects have shown that they offer excellent value for money. They have the potential to reduce short and long term costs of many agencies, including those providing services relating to housing, criminal justice, policing, education and health. Without these services, we have estimated that it could cost the UK economy £1.3billion per year.
Our Social Return on Investment studies show that intensive family support services provide one of the most cost effective ways of supporting vulnerable families with up to £9.20 return for every £1 spent.
Intensive family support services offer not only cost savings but tangible benefits to families - such as keeping families together and improving their quality of life and their prospects - and to society by making neighbourhoods and communities safer and more pleasant places."