Minister calls for greater partnership working to help vulnerable families in Wales
The Welsh Government is committed to working with partners to improve the help provided for vulnerable families in Wales.
This was the message from the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, during her keynote speech at a national Families First Learning Event in Cardiff yesterday.
The Welsh Government is providing £183 million of Families First funding over the course of this Assembly which will support more than 200 projects and help some of Wales’ most vulnerable and difficult to reach people.
Addressing delegates from across Wales, including Families First co-ordinators and representatives from health, social services and the third sector, the Minister said:
“Now in its third year, Families First is making a real difference to people’s lives across Wales and has provided support to some of our most disadvantaged families.
“The programme provides help and advice on a range of issues from parenting, health and well-being, to education and employment. Families First really is changing people’s lives for the better.”
Yesterday’s event, organised by the Welsh Government, was an opportunity to share experiences and ideas to continue to improve and develop the family-focused service.
This collaborative approach is a key part of the Families First programme, which improves the way agencies work together and places an emphasis on early intervention for families, particularly those living in poverty, to help stop problems from escalating towards crisis.
The Minister added:
“Families First brings together organisations to work with the whole family, not just the individual. Wales is the only country in the UK to operate a ‘team around the family’ approach, which requires organisations to work together to support families and help them address all the challenges they face.
“Our integrated, whole-family approach to supporting families helps to ensure people who need our help don’t slip through the net. Events like today are an important opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other in order to do things better.
“People across Wales are going through difficult times and we are absolutely committed to supporting our most vulnerable families to help them face these challenges and give their children the best possible start in life.”
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