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Family Support

Our Family Support programs are defined as community-based services to promote the well-being of children and families.

Family Support programs have the following characteristics:

  • Family driven, meaning there is a true partnership with families.
  • Comprehensive, flexible, and individualized to each family based on their culture, needs, values and preferences.
  • Build on strengths to increase the stability of family members and the family unit.
  • Utilize informal and formal family supports.

Family Support programs produce the following results:

  • Increased parent confidence and competence in their parenting abilities.
  • Safe, stable, and supportive families who are connected to their communities.
  • Enhanced health, growth, and development of children and adults in the family unit.
  • Specialized and tailored family support services for vulnerable/marginalized families in a range of areas such as drug and alcohol issues, homelessness, bereavement, suicidal tendencies, potential eviction, poor and low school attendance, behavioral issues etc.    
  • Comprehensive package of care incorporated into care plans for families via statutory agencies.
  • Support provided to family members who are affected by another family member’s addiction, including kinship carers and their families.
  • All services delivered in community based, accessible facilities so that individuals can access with ease.

 Areas/communities covered:

 We deliver these services in North/West Glasgow area –  predominately Possilpark.

 Staff:

 We have one part time Family Support Worker, We are also  able to draw on the other core and part-time staff who have  built up great professional relations with young people  through Y.P.F’s drop in session’s who have expertise and  knowledge of  individual support work.

 Age range:

 We offer these holistic services to families and young  people aged 0 to 18 years. As well as direct family support  we can draw on the other elements and expertise of the  organisation such as drop-in sessions Monday to Friday for  young people as well as holiday programs.

Types of support and care provided:

  • One to one parenting support tailored to individual needs and care plans.
  •   Advocacy work on behalf of individuals ( short term, long term )
  • Parenting programs using Triple P, Triple P for Teens, Managing Challenging Behavior.
  •  Preventative and responsive work with families, both adults and young people, on a range of issues.
  • Outreach and home visits providing practical and emotional support.
  • Flexible out of hour’s response, including evenings and weekends and holiday periods.
  • Holiday programs for families to provide fun and respite as well as helping to build positive attachments and relationships between parents and children.

 

Desired outcomes and priorities include:

  •  Increase stability, safety and equilibrium in the home and community environment.
  • Reduce the risk of homelessness/eviction
  • Families are helped out of debt
  • Decrease risk taking behaviors, particularly those displayed by young people.
  • Support to reduce harm associated with parental drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Prevent young people from being accommodated by statutory services
  • Re-integration of young people back into the family home and community.
  • Increase positive relationship building between parents and young people.
  • Encourage and support the educational attainment and achievement for all young people.
  • Decrease in statutory involvement
  • Sustained tenancies
  • Safer communities
  • Enhanced parental control/equipping parents with tools to manage challenging behavior

 

 Referrals:

 Families and young people can access our services  through the following routes – self referral, social work,  schools, health visitors, other voluntary sector and  statutory agencies, as well as internally via other staff  members.