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Prevention and youth crimeIs early intervention working?$
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Maggie Blyth and Enver Solomon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422637

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422637.001.0001

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Family intervention projects and the efficacy of parenting interventions

Family intervention projects and the efficacy of parenting interventions

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Prevention and youth crime

Judy Nixon

Sadie Parr

Policy Press

Family intervention projects (FIPs), first pioneered by the Dundee Families Project in the mid-1990s and subsequently developed by a small number of English local authorities in 2003–2004, play an important role in the government agenda to foster a ‘new approach to the most challenging families’ in the United Kingdom. This chapter explores the benefits and drawbacks of increased state intervention in family life by focusing on the lived material realities of FIP practices viewed through the lens of parents' (usually mothers') experiences. First, it discusses how FIPs might be located as a form of ‘early intervention’. It then outlines which families form the target group for this type of intervention before providing a detailed analysis of project practices as they relate to parenting skills training. Reflecting on parents' views on the impact of parenting interventions, the chapter considers what it is about engaging parents in parenting/household skills training that might work to improve young people's life chances.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, family intervention projects, family life, early intervention, parenting skills training, parenting interventions, parents, young people

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