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Troubled families work to be monitored

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The government could introduce inspections of councils’ troubled families programmes, education secretary Michael Gove has suggested.

The idea is raised in Mr Gove’s formal response to Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile’s review of the 2009 Edlington case in which two children in Doncaster MBC’s care violently attacked other children.

Lord Carlile’s report recommended that authorities’ compliance with the troubled families scheme, in which they attempt to “turn around” the lives of families with multiple problems, should be the subject of an annual report and a “scoring system” to compare councils’ progress.

In his response Mr Gove stopped short of agreeing to the scoring system, but said the government could extend existing inspections to look at the programme.

“The government agrees with Lord Carlile that it is important to monitor local authority progress in delivering the troubled families programme”, he said.

“We will look at whether further action is needed to monitor local authorities’ compliance with the programme and the scope to consider this within existing inspection frameworks.”

Mr Gove also said local government’s performance on the scheme would be monitored by an external evaluation, as LGC reported last week.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said it had cooperated with the Department for Education in putting together the report, and supported the proposals.

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