Tackling Devon's 'problem' families

Set-up in 2006 the aim of the Family Intervention Project was to tackle so-called 'problem families'.


According to the government, the cost to taxpayers of anti-social families can be between £250,000 and £350,000 a year.

The average cost of counselling each family is expected to be between £8,000 and £15,000 a year. It can be drug or alcohol addiction crime or anti-social behaviour.

But this city couple have been forced to mend their ways.

Plymouth couple helped by FIP

They've been on the Family Intervention Programme (FIP) which costs just TEN thousand pounds per family.

We've learnt 81 families have been through the programe in the City since 2006, and the success rate is more than ninety percent.

In Devon, 130 families have been on the programme in total, including 26 from Torbay.

We've been given EXCLUSIVE access to the scheme in Plymouth - see below for a more in depth look.