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3000 families recieve help

3000 families receive help with home life

Worcestershire County Council's Early Intervention Family Support (EIFS) team have reached a total of 3000 families this month that have all received individual, personal help and support to improve their family life.

Parents often receive a lot of help and support when they are pregnant and have young children, and it should be recognised that help is still available when children reach school age. Any family can require a bit of extra support and an Early Intervention Family Support Worker (EIFSW) can help. There are many different reasons why parents and carers might want some help and support, the most common being children's behaviour at home and relationship difficulties, followed by some help with parenting.

Neil Robinson, Early Intervention Family Support Manager said: "To have reached 3000 families is a significant milestone, but more importantly the support that has been provided has had a significant positive effect on the families.  The results families have achieved combined with the positive feedback demonstrates that supporting families at the earliest opportunity presents the best hope of securing a successful outcome."

Over the past two and a half years EIFS have worked hard to reach these 3000 families. In the last six months 85% of parents noticed an improvement in their child's behaviour at home, 87% of families felt happier with their home life and 82% of parents felt more confident in their parenting skills. 100% of these families stated they would recommend EIFS to another family. Parents have given feedback such as; "There is a stigma asking for support but having now used EIFS I tell everyone how great it is", and " My EIFSW has been fantastic.  She has been very supportive and has offered us lots of strategies to deal with my son's behaviour.  Whilst his behaviour continues to be challenging, I feel much more able to cope with it in a positive way".

For more information about EIFS you can contact 01905 728862, visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eifs or speak to your local school.

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This page was last reviewed 8 May 2012 at 15:48.
The page is next due for review 4 November 2013.