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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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Integrated Family Support Services (IFSS)
The IFSS help some of the most vulnerable children and families in Wales.
Services focus on families where parents have substance misuse problems that affect the welfare of their children. IFSS teams started work on 1st September 2010 and will operate throughout Wales by 2014.
IFSS is a programme unique to Wales. Its work is described in detail in the Child and Family (Wales) Measure 2010 and associated regulations.
Local authorities and their Health Board partners are required to work together to establish the service and provide support/ services to families.
Addressing complex problems
In families with complex problems there is an increased likelihood that the child’s physical, social and emotional development will be impaired.
For some children there will be repeated or long term episodes of being looked after by the local authority. The service aims to support families to stay together by empowering them to take positive steps to improve their lives. IFSS Teams provide targeted support and help connect children and adult services, focusing on the family as a unit.
The service will initially concentrate on families where there is parental substance misuse, and concerns about child welfare.
This approach ensures greater accountability and shared responsibility in child and adult social services.
IFSS is part of broader support for disadvantaged families with complex needs, complementary to the Flying Start, and Families First programmes.