Working to help troubled families in Bournemouth

We support families who have difficulties and try to help 'turn around' their lives for the better. Our support workers help families to get their children back into school, reduce criminal, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour in the home and help parents back to employment. We also help families that have health conditions and need support with their daily lives.  

The story so far

Over three years, we have helped of 370 Bournemouth families improve their education, reduce criminal and anti-social behaviour and find jobs or make progress towards finding work. We’ve worked hard with families and other service providers to make sure that these successes continue, with adults keeping  their jobs, children attending school and  crime and anti-social behaviour staying down.

What happens next?

We will continue to support those  families with poor school attendance, youth crime, anti-social behaviour and unemployment.  We are also helping Bournemouth families affected by domestic violence and abuse, or with younger children who need help and families with a range of physical and mental health problems.  In the long run, if we don’t help these families, the cost to the tax payer can be extremely high – much higher than the support services offered through Turnaround - so it’ important to work with these families as early as possible and help them improve their lives.

How do we decide who to help?

We focus on families with at least two of the following issues:

  • Parents and children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour
  • Children who have not been attending school regularly
  • Children who are in need of help
  • Adults out of work or young people at risk of unemployment
  • Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Parents and children with a range of health problems

How do we check that we are succeeding?

We have a detailed Plan which shows the achievements for families with the issues shown above, so we can see and check how we are doing. We report this to a Board of senior people every three months.