Norfolk

Norfolk family support 'could save £2.3m'

Families in south Norfolk and Breckland are to be offered support in a bid to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Family Intervention Project (FIP) is being developed with £200,000 from police, councils and Action for Children.

It could potentially save £2.3m by supporting people into work and reducing the number of children going into care, the county council said.

FIP is expected to support 32 families at one time, it added.

'Safe and secure'

It will focus on families where there is a history or risk of children going into care, and also related problems such as unemployment, overcrowded housing, persistent offending, substance abuse and poor parenting.

Led by Action for Children, it will involve council staff and police community support officers based in teams at Long Stratton council offices and at Attleborough police station.

Four other FIPs already exist in Norfolk, with the south Norfolk and Breckland FIP bringing the number of supported families to 150.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children's services at the county council, said FIPs could improve children's chances by getting them back to school, reduce offending and ensure they have a safe and secure home life.

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