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Adfam discussion paper: Troubled Families Update

The Troubled Families Programme (TFP) was launched in April 2012 as a response to the riots in England in the summer of 2011. It sought to ‘turn around’ the lives of 120,000 ‘troubled families’ in the country, including families affected by substance use. The government states that these are families with multiple needs, facing numerous disadvantages and causing high costs to the taxpayer, and David Cameron pledged to ‘turn around’ these families by the end of the coalition’s term in 2015. This is a progress update, with a review of research and commentary pertaining to the TFP more than two years on.