‘Troubled families' in the UK are suffering with physical and mental health problems

  • The government has warned that UK families identified as ‘troubled' are suffering with their mental and physical health.

    The coalition has identified 120,000 'troubled families' whose lives it plans to turnaround by 2015, reports 24dash. Friends

    In a report published in July it found that families targeted by the programme had an average of nine different problems, ranging from employment to housing, parenting or health.

    The government has also identified the following apparent links in 'troubled families':

    •         Having a child with a mental health problem is associated with there being domestic violence within a household. 36% had a domestic violence problem compared to 24% without a child with a mental health problem.

    •         Having an adult with a mental health problem is associated with there being a child with a mental health problem in the family. 45% had one or more children with a mental health problem compared to 21% with no adult with a mental health problem.

    •         Having an adult in the household with a long-standing illness/disability is associated with a child with school attendance problems. 64% had one or more truanting children compared to 56% without a disabled adult.

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