Councillors back chance to help ‘troubled families’

‘PREVENTION is better than cure’ – that was the message from councillors backing the Think Family project.

Chichester District Council cabinet members agreed to support the project in principle. Think Family aims to provide ‘intensive support’ to vulnerable families – identified who fit criteria around offending, lack of work and truancy.

Cllr Eileen Lintill said work was ongoing but 70 eligible families had already been identified in the district.

She said the riots in 2011 had brought into ‘sharper focus’ the need to support troubled families.

“If support is not given Chichester District will not benefit from the project and the opportunity to help our most difficult families will be lost.”

Members also agreed to host a key worker post if funding was made available, subject to agreements.

They said the work should be focused in the ‘targeted communities’ of Chichester East, Chichester South, Selsey North and Tangmere.

Cllr Heather Caird said: “I for one am very much in support of this sort of project. Prevention is better than cure.”

West Sussex County Council is responsible for Think Family.