Last Thursday the Family Commissioner went to Cardiff. This visit was part of the Family Commissions national roadshow of events which aims to learn from the best examples of practice around the country and to meet with the range of people involved with families and children.
In a packed day the Commission met with families and professionals who had plenty to tell us about the projects they were involved with and the realities of family life in Wales. The Commissioners visited three local projects; a Barnado’s run Neville Street project engaging BME families, a flying start ‘fun start’ play scheme and Option Two, a targeted intervention programme for at risk families. The day’s projects have certainly generated some powerful ideas which will help in the formulation of the Family Commission report.
As well as the visits, the Family Commission held a seminar ‘helping families in Wales flourish’ at the Welsh Assembly. In an interesting session the Deputy Minister for Children, Huw Lewis, spoke about the future priorities for children and families in Wales. Other speakers included the Chief Executive of Children in Wales, the Director of a Director General of Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills and a local Head Teacher who spoke about his work at engaging fathers in family life.
Thank you for everyone who was involved with the day in Wales, to the speakers who took part in the seminar and the professionals and families we spoke to at the projects. There is some great work going on in Cardiff.