Constructions of the 'sin bins' and the 'neighbours from hell'

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					Reflections on Family Intervention
Projects


                         Judy Nixon
                          Sadie Parr
                 Sheffield Hallam University
        The target populations
                       Characteristics of families referred



                     Self harm          13%
                                       9%
                      Physical          14%
                                         16%
                        Mental            21%
                                        16%
                                                                           6 IFSPs
                       Alcohol                 28%
                                                30%                        BtC
                    Depression                          58%
                                                       57%
% adults w ith 1+ support needs                                 80%
                                                                80%

                                  0%   20%      40%   60%     80%   100%
         Children’s health and well being
                                     children's health needs


                                                           17%
               drugs
                                         7%

                                    5%
           Self harm
                               3%


                                                            18%                        6 IFSPs
               ADHD
                                                                      22%              BtC

                                              10%
             Alcohol
                                                          16%


                                                                                 28%
learning dif f iculties
                                                                              26%


                          0%   5%         10%       15%         20%     25%      30%
Popular conceptions of FIPS ....
'Sin bins' for the 'neighbours from hell'
Reflections: FIPs as a punitive form of
social control?

   The criminalisation of social policy
    –   the criminalisation of social policy
    –   addressing need through the lens of crime prevention
    –   the 're- emergence' or 'excavation' of the 'problem' family
    –   extended surveillance of every day life
    –   'The Respect thing ..they see it as we should work with the worst
        of the worst to take on the most challenging families and you've
        gotta take them , you've gotta force them to work with you even if
        they don't want to work with you. Well the reality of it is, we have
        always done that but , but we've never put it in those terms." Local
        Stakeholder
......or
as a [creative] way of plugging gaps in
service provision?

  –   as a soft alternative to enforcement action
  –   as a 'last resort'
  –   filling a service gap

       "often support and interventions would be missing because
         social services criteria for what they will accept and deal
         with is so high due to their resources so yeah, I think
         there was, there was a gap and this was partly about
         plugging that gap' Project manager
Professional habitus and narratives of
resistance

  –   Service users reported that the practice values of
      respect, honesty and listening were key to
      developing constructive relationships with project
      workers;
  –   "Today's kids are tomorrow's mums and dads and
      son and so forth. You've got to break that cycle
      and you've got to interact with them....at the end
      of the day they are part of the community- you
      can't, you know, you can't just throw the baby out
      with the bath water' Local Stakeholder
Local practices

   FIPs as a model for the Family Pathfinders?
   Can these initiatives provide a practice space
    within which progressive responses can be
    developed ...or
   Is it inevitable that such interventions will be
    trapped within a framework of coercive moral
    regulation?

				
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