Troubled families: alcohol, truancy and domestic violence among problems
PUBLISHED July 18, 2012
Louise Casey, who is heading the Government's troubled families unit, spent eight months travelling the country and meeting some of those identified by local councils.
Their problems ranged from heavy drinking, drug use and truanting children to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
One woman she met lived with 10 children aged four to 18 in a three-bedroom house.
The family had lost everything they owned in a fire at their previous address and the two eldest sons were in trouble with the police, according to the BBC, who sat in on some of the sessions with Ms Casey.
The mother, who cannot be named, had recently come out of a violent relationship and was drinking heavily.