23 May 2009

Single intervention agency seen as better for problem families

1:02 pm on 23 May 2009

A new study has concluded that intervention in the homes of problem families could be more effective if it was carried out early by a single agency.

A report by the University of Canterbury has found that about 1200 babies are born per year to dysfunctional families.

Dr Annabel Taylor from the school of social work & human services says a single organisation targeting vulnerable families would be more effective in the long run.

She says there are too many agencies involved at present such as Child, Youth & Family, social workers and the court system.

Dr Taylor says $36 million per annum is needed for a single and effective early intervention programme. This could save $2 billion annually.