The Troubled Families Programme: in, for and against the state?

Crossley, Stephen (2016) The Troubled Families Programme: in, for and against the state? In: Social Policy Review 28 : Analysis and debate in social policy, 2016. Social Policy Review . Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 127-146. ISBN 9781447331797

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Abstract

The Troubled Families Programme (TFP), established by the Coalition Government in the aftermath of the 2011 riots, set out to ‘turn around’ the lives of the 120,000 most ‘troubled families’ in England. When the rhetoric surrounding ‘troubled families’ is closely examined, a number of competing, and often contradictory, messages begin to emerge. This chapter examines the ways in which the Troubled Families Programme is positioned firstly by central government and secondly by local authorities and practitioners. Adopting a ‘street-level lens’ (Brodkin 2011a), interviews with managers and workers in one local authority area are analysed to examine ‘the complexity of interactions concealed beneath the apparent monotony of bureaucratic routine’ (Bourdieu, 2005: 140). The chapter concludes with reflections on the Janus-faced nature of the Troubled Families Programme and a discussion of its role in the crafting of a new ‘smart’ state.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work and Communities
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Depositing User: Stephen Crossley
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 15:40
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 15:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28005

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