Families First projects
Supporting Family Change
Supporting Family Change (SFC) coordinates support for families in times of need. The project brings together a Team Around the Family (TAF) who can offer support for a wide range of needs, particularly when a family has more than one need. A designated support practitioner works with the family, along with other agencies to develop a multi-agency plan that focuses on the families’ strengths. This helps to break the cycle of any repeated needs, providing opportunities to access other support interventions and build resilience.
Caerphilly County Borough Council - 01495 233232
Youth Respect is a project for children over the age of 10 who show early indications of, or are already exhibiting abusive, aggressive, and controlling behaviours in family or intimate relationships. This project is only available for children who have been referred through Supporting Family Change or the Youth Offending Service.
Caerphilly County Borough Council - 01495 235623
Targeted Youth and Family Engagement
Youth Engagement provides supported interventions for children aged 8 and above to develop personal and social skills, raise confidence and build self-esteem and resilience.
Family Engagement consists of a range of activities and support for families with children and young people who want to improve their relationships and behaviours within the family. Both services provide individual and group sessions.
Caerphilly Adventures provides outdoor sessions to engage children, young people and their families.
Young Parents can also access community-based sessions to support them to overcome barriers and tackle challenges they face. This helps them to grow and develop as young people and parents.
Caerphilly County Borough Council - 01443 863194
Confident Parents, Stronger Families
Provides targeted parenting support for families with children aged 8-17. Using a strength-based approach, CPSF will work alongside families to create a tailored support plan which meets the family’s needs. Building and sustaining positive respectful relationships with parents to enhance their parenting skills to support their children’s development, care, and wellbeing. CPSF offer bespoke support packages to meet a range of needs including managing behaviour, routines, and boundaries. Families will receive initial individual sessions in the home or virtually, and then progress onto attending a group-based programmes (in the community/virtually) or further individual tailored support. (Please refer to the Early Years support services for children aged 0-7).
Barnardos - 0300 124 0988
Platfform for Families - Wellbeing Project
This project works with the whole family including parents, carers, young people and children who have low-level mental health needs. Support will begin with individual sessions before moving onto group sessions or further individual sessions where needed. The service offers a safe space for families to meet, chat and get support for their wellbeing. Families can share experiences with others who are facing similar challenges and re-connect to build resilience and a network of support. The project helps families to explore their needs, expectations and find helpful strategies to improve wellbeing or how to support others in the family who may be struggling.
Platfform - 01495 245802
Confident with Cash
Confident with Cash provides specialist and regulated Debt, Welfare Benefits, and Financial Capability Advice. We support clients to negotiate with creditors, whilst providing advice on all debt solutions including bankruptcy and debt relief orders. The project helps clients to maximise their income and learn how to manage their money more effectively to help prevent homelessness and ensure families can deal with their finances in the future. In order to access this project, the family must have a housing related support need, be working with Supporting Family Change or be affected by a disability. ‘Disability’ is defined as a physical or mental impairment which has an impact on the ability to carry out daily activities.
Citizens Advice Bureau - 01443 878059
There are two domestic abuse services on offer within this project.
1. Dim Ofn – Children & Young People’s Support
This project provides targeted support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse through both individual and group sessions, ensuring that they are supported to explore and share their experiences and feelings. The individual sessions may take place in the home, school, or another appropriate venue. The group sessions include focused activities that bring children and young people together, in age-related groups and sessional content.
2. Domestic Abuse Family Safety
This project offers individual sessions providing immediate safety work, support, and guidance enabling families affected by domestic abuse to remain within their home. This project also provides group sessions for parents to develop their understanding of the impact that domestic abuse has on them as a parent and on their children. These sessions help parents to build the skills needed to keep their family safe from future abuse.
Llamau Domestic Abuse Services - 029 2086 0255
There are two advocacy services on offer within this project.
1. Children & Young People Advocacy
A confidential, independent issue-based advocacy service that supports children and young people by helping them to have their voice heard. The project works on a 1:1 basis to enable the child, or young person, to promote their views, wishes, and feelings and get something stopped, started or changed.
2. Parent Advocacy
A confidential, independent service that support parents to have their voice heard. The project works on a 1:1 basis and supports parents to resolve issues, make changes, engage with support services and to navigate systems.
National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) - 0808 808 1001
Group sessions bring together Young Carers across Caerphilly to share and explore common themes, experiences and support needs. The project offers well-being support, information sessions, fun activities and time out from the caring role.
Caerphilly County Borough Council - 01495 233218 or 01495 233234
The Community Forum will support people to have their voices heard in their community by encouraging them to contribute to discussions and consultations about local issues and the development of local services that may affect their lives. It also gives individuals the opportunity to meet others in their local community through supportive weekly group meetings where they can learn new skills and gain volunteering experience. Activities are tailored to meet the needs of the group and may include wellbeing, digital literacy support, cookery and sewing classes, craft workshops, outdoor activities and qualifications and skills for employment. Individuals will also have the opportunity to register and train as a Community Champion, supporting families in their local community with appropriate information and signposting to local services.
Parent Network - 01443 875444
Families First - Contact details
For enquiries and additional information on the Families First Programme, please contact the Families First Central Support Team on:
Caerphilly Families First also has a Facebook page which is regularly updated with project information.
Flying Start and Families First are bringing funding together to support families from antenatal to 7 years:
- We will work with families to ensure their child has the best start in life, taking into account what matters to them and access support if and when needed.
- We will create a model to meet families’ needs, at the right time, in the right place, by the right person
All families can register from the time they find out they are pregnant to access support throughout their pregnancy and the early years of life, including starting school. We are working closely with midwives, health visitors, school nurses, schools, childcare and all the early years practitioners who can support a whole range of provision online, or in person, depending on what you and your family need.
Examples of the type of support includes:
- Antenatal and postnatal groups, responsive feeding, baby club, baby massage and home safety.
- Language messages and access to appropriate home-based activities, Let’s Talk programmes to support language development, Be Hear Be Clear packages as well as more specialist support for specific language disorders in school nursery.
- Family support - practical help is available as well as access to programmes such as Parents As First Teachers, Parent Nurturing Programme and STEPS to success.
- Join In and Play, Assisted and Supported Places for children with emerging developmental needs to support children’s development.
- Essential skills support for children, young people and adults to help with home learning activities to build literacy, numeracy and digital skills.
The Early Years team is a highly skilled multi-agency team who work with families to build resilience to support their children to have the best start in life. We focus on recognising the strengths of families to create opportunities to support each other and develop resilient communities for children and young people to thrive.
Early Years Team / Family Information Service - 01443 863232