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Cornish 'Troubled Familes' Turn Their Lives Round

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7:01am 18th May 2013

Revealed: The number of so-called 'troubled families' in Cornwall getting help to turn their lives around.

Over 200 are taking part in a government project to cut crime and anti-social behaviour through education and work

As yet not one has officially been 'turned round', but Duchy workers reckon 88 are on the way.

Ginny lives in Bodmin and told Pirate FM problems are deep rooted: "It's not the kids' fault, everybody blames the kids. I think it's because the government are implementing all these things which are impossible. It's impossible to go to university, it's impossible to get a job, yet all these kids are berated for not doing anything.

"There are a lot of children who have nothing to do, they get into trouble, take drugs, it's pure boredom. There's nothing for them to do out there. They do try; my daughter would dearly love a full time job."

Anna Mankee-Williams heads up the project in Cornwall and says results are starting to be seen.

She told Pirate FM they will be putting 88 families forward as success stories in June, but insists changes need to be long term: "it's about intensive help with parenting, life skills, recovering from domestic abuse, they offer housing support, mental health support, drug and alcohol and substance misuse support and they start working through the issues to do with benefit dependency as well.

"These are complex arenas and complex situations and we are working really hard, trying to get to the root cause, working towards sustainable outcomes for these families. It takes time to embed that change; but it's something that's definitely worth working towards."

7:01am 18th May 2013

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