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“Families First is supporting 1000s of Welsh families to improve their lives” – Huw Irranca-Davies

More than 12,600 families in Wales have positively changed their parenting behaviours over the last two years thanks to the support of the Welsh Government’s Families First programme, Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies has revealed.
Friday 19 January 2018
Families First is an early intervention and prevention programme, aimed at improving outcomes for children, young people and families. It is designed to reduce the numbers of families developing more complex needs and requiring more intensive and costly interventions at a later date.

Families First is part of a wide package of measures the Welsh Government has put in place to support parents and families.

The most recent data available show that between April 2015 and March 2017:

  • 77% - 12,665 – of parents have benefited from a parenting intervention.
  • 80% - 12,567 – of parents improved their ability to support their child’s learning and development needs.
  • 78% - 43,111 - of families improved their emotional/mental well-being.
  • 73% - 23,395 – of families have reported improved family dynamics.
Later today, the Minister will visit a Families First project in Bangor to see for himself the work they do to support families.

Huw Irranca-Davies said:

“The Welsh Government has made a firm commitment to making a real difference to our youngest children, with a focus on improving outcomes for children and young people through early intervention and prevention. 

“Families First puts a team of highly specialised staff around the family, and encourages families to be involved in the identification of issues and the resolution of those issues, recognising the strengths and resources within the family.

“I’m delighted to see literally tens of thousands of families have received targeted support from our Families First teams right across Wales, which in many cases, has proved to be absolutely life-changing.”

 

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