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Family Intervention Projects

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department may take to deal with families which refuse to enter into a Family Intervention Project contract agreement; and if he will make a statement; (295338)

(2) how many families have refused to enter into a Family Intervention Project contract agreement; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 27 October 2009]: While a family’s initial involvement in a Family Intervention Project is voluntary, the projects draw on and drive home the implications of sanctions that a family or family members may already be facing. These include seeking possession of a family’s tenancy, a parenting order, antisocial behaviour order, proceedings to take children into care and juvenile specific orders.

Provisional data from the Family Intervention Project (FIP) online monitoring information system, maintained by the National Centre for Social Research, show that as at 31 March 2009 of the 2,295 who have been offered a Family Intervention Project only 70 refused outright to enter into a contract and another 114 refused to enter into a contract after initially accepting the offer.