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Family Safeguarding Service

How we can help you

In Family Safeguarding we are working together to provide a service to the whole family to support you to make changes in your day-to-day life.  We work in many different ways, offer advice and support to help you set your own goals and to work towards achieving those changes that will improve your life to allow children to grow and develop within your own family. 

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CFS - Family Safeguarding Logo (small)

All our workers are trained in working with and supporting families to understand why we are involved and supporting you to make the necessary changes in the various issues families can face such as: domestic abuse, substance and alcohol misuse as well as mental health difficulties.

Our aim is to keep families together safely, improve the health and educational achievements of children and reduce emotional, sexual and physical harm and neglect.    

Sometimes the Family Safeguarding workers may talk to other members of the family who may be able to support you to make the necessary changes. This may be directly by the social worker or by a Family Group Conference. 

Our Commitment to Families

We are committed to working with children and families in achieving their goals and make life - long and lasting changes that will improve the quality of you and your child/ren's lives. 

We are committed to providing you with an excellent service and to treating everyone fairly and with respect. In doing so, we may be asking you questions about issues such as ethnic origin, sexuality and religion. This will assist us in considering all aspects of your family's needs as part of our work with you.

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Our Family Safeguarding Service

All our Family Safeguarding teams are made up of different professionals and these are:

- Social Workers work directly with parents and children to support them make the changes in their lives to keep their children safe

- Family Support Workers work directly with children and parents, and provide support to social workers

Domestic Abuse Practitioners work to support victims of domestic abuse, helping them to recognise domestic abuse, support them to make changes to safeguard their children and themselves and help them identify the impact of Domestic Abuse on their children and themselves

- Domestic Abuse Officers work with perpetrators of Domestic Abuse to support them to recognise the impact of their actions and how these can affect their children, achieve change to stabilise their relationships and keep their children safe

- Recovery Workers support parents who are experiencing difficulties with either drug(s) or alcohol or both, support them to make positive lifestyle changes and enable them to care for their children

- Mental Health Practitioners work with parents who are experiencing mental health difficulties, that is impacting on their parenting capacity

- Psychologists work with parents on different aspects of parental behaviour that may affect their children

See our pdf icon Family Safeguarding leaflet [184kb] for more information.

What to Expect: Child Protection Conferences

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What to Expect: Family Group Conferences

This information is for families.

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What to Expect: Supervised Contact

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