10.1 B. Guidance and Resources


Understanding Troubled Families

Department for Communities and Local Government (2014)

The task of the Troubled Families programme is primarily about intervening and getting things to change in families who are struggling, where there is chaos and where kids are at risk of leading similarly difficult lives as their parents. This report sets out the range and level of problems that troubled families who are part of the programme are experiencing. It presents a stark yet complex picture.

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Working with Troubled Families: A guide to the evidence and good practice

Department for Communities and Local Government (2012)

The Troubled Families programme is about change - for families and for services, and this report is an aid for that change. It is a tool to help local authorities and their partners, who have asked for guidance on how best to work with troubled families, and for the evidence about family intervention to be brought together in one place. The report looks at academic evidence, local evaluations of practice, what practitioners have told us works in their services and what families tell us makes this work different and successful for them.

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Knowledge Set Three: Families and Carers

Alcohol Concern Embrace (2011)

The Embrace Knowledge Sets bring together evidence, policy frameworks and practice guidance to inform and advise the alcohol and related fields about children, families and domestic abuse.

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Supporting families affected by substance use and domestic violence

Dr Galvani, S. The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care 
University of Bedfordshire (2010)

The aims of the research project were to explore the views and perspectives of family members of substance users on the relationship between alcohol, drugs and domestic abuse and to develop practice and policy recommendations based on these findings and the wider literature


Embrace knowledge set two: parenting

Delargy, A. for Alcohol Concern (2009)

Aims to provide the alcohol and related fields with basic information that they will need in order to develop more family-focused services that take account of domestic abuse.

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Family Intervention Programmes

Debbonaire, T. for Respect (2009)

Explains what Family Intervention Programmes are, asks What does the research tell us? and What is going on?

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The Responsive Model

Relate (2009)

Winner of this year’s BACP Award for Innovation in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Relate’s new Responsive Model is a new way of working with perpetrators and victims of domestic violence and abuse.

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For related documents

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Bridging to change: building safe relationships good practice guidance

Tunariu, A. D. (2007)

This guidance is for Relate Centres wishing to develop domestic violence and abuse prevention programmes (DVA-PP). This guidance should be used in conjunction with Bridging to change, referenced under Research and Evaluation in Section A above.

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Couples Counselling and Network Therapies

Stella Project (2007)

This paper is an excerpt from Domestic Violence, Drugs and Alcohol Good Practice Guidelines published by the Stella Project in 2007 and outlines why therapies involving the abuser are unsafe for survivors and their children.

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Family Intervention Project Toolkit

Home Office (2007)

Version 1 of this toolkit was produced by the Respect Task Force and is designed to help people responsible for anti-social behaviour and other frontline practitioners, managers, and commissioners of services by providing guidance to help develop local proposals for a FIP. It will also be of benefit to staff in the 53 areas that have established FIPs already as they develop and review their services.

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From Good Intentions to Good Practice: Mapping Services Working with Families Where There is Domestic Violence

Humphreys, C. et al. (2000)

This study provides a framework of domestic violence best practice indicators that are designed to help practitioners and domestic violence services meet the needs of women and children experiencing domestic violence.

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Family Intervention Showcase

Home Office

A comprehensive presentation which sets out the work of the Family Intervention Project.

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Family intervention projects: Respect guide

Home Office

This looks at the work of the Family Intervention projects with examples of case studies.

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A policy statement on domestic violence couples counselling

Frank, P. B. et al.

The following policy statement on couples counseling appears in Confronting the Batterer, written by Phyllis B. Frank, M.A. and Beverly D. Houghton, Ph.D., for the Volunteer for Counseling Service of Rockland Co., Inc. It is reprinted here with the permission of Phyllis B. Frank.

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