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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 05:38 GMT 06:38 UK
New scheme for problem families
Aerial view of Brighton
Participation in the pilot project in Brighton & Hove is voluntary
Action to tackle anti-social behaviour in Brighton and Hove has been extended in a new scheme that targets families.

The Intensive Family Intervention Project focuses on families causing persistent problems in their locality.

The city council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team has been working with a small group of families and coming up with a number of preventative measures.

Council leader Ken Bodfish said the project was all about "working with families to help them help themselves".

We are building on the positive aspects of the family, rather than the negatives
Aaron Devereaux, project co-ordinator

He said: "At the end of the day the council does not want to evict people, and this scheme gives people a last chance to avoid eviction and change their behaviour."

Measures on offer to the problem families can include advice and support to enable someone with drug or alcohol problems to get treatment, and organising family therapy or parenting skill sessions where needed.

Participation in the one-year pilot project is voluntary.

Project co-ordinator Aaron Devereaux said all the families involved had particular problems which were leading to anti-social behaviour.

"We are trying to get to the root of the problem by a balance of support and enforcement.

"We are building on the positive aspects of the family, rather than the negatives, and working with them to bring about a change in behaviour," he said.

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