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Reducing poverty, particularly persistent poverty, in some of our poorest areas and communities is at the centre of the Welsh Government’s policy agenda.
FIS provide information and advice on local services for 0-25 year olds, from childcare to holiday activities.

It is important that children in Wales are brought up in a secure, loving home. That is why we fund a number of schemes that offer help to families - particularly those in most need. 

Flying Start

Flying Start is targeted at 0-3 year olds in the most disadvantaged communities in Wales. It aims to create positive outcomes in the medium and long term. It is a prescriptive programme, based on international evidence of what works.

Families First

Families First teams, within your local area, will work with your family to help you look at what is working well in your life, to decide what help you need for your family to thrive.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The foundations laid in a early years are critical in determining their life outcomes. There is a growing recognition of the detrimental impact which exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences in childhood, particularly multiple ACEs, can have upon physical and mental health and wellbeing, relationships with others, educational attainment and prosperity outcomes into adulthood. 

ACEs include child maltreatment (such as physical, sexual and verbal abuse) and wider experiences of household dysfunction (such as growing up in a household affected by domestic violence, parental separation, substance misuse, mental illness or criminal behaviour). Read more on Public Health Wales (external link).

Children First

Children First brings together organisations to work collaboratively improve outcomes for children and young people based around a ‘place’.  A long-term strategic focus is developed with communities to address local issues, to reduce the inequalities faced compared with children in more socially advantaged places, and improve their life chances.

The approach is currently being piloted in five Pioneer areas, which are Cwm Taf, Gwynedd, Newport, Caerphilly and Carmarthenshire.

Family Information Services 

FIS are the first point of contact for advice and information on local services for families and carers, offering free, impartial help, support and advice on a range of family issues