So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity Min­is­ter an­nounces pos­i­tive par­ent­ing strate­gic pol­icy

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So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity Min­is­ter Michael Far­ru­gia yes­ter­day an­nounced a Na­tional Strate­gic Pol­icy for Pos­i­tive Par­ent­ing 2016-2024.

The min­is­ter said that a task force to co­or­di­nate this pol­icy will be es­tab­lished and will in­cor­po­rate the Health De­part­ment as well as the Jus­tice and Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment. Through this task force, the du­pli­ca­tion of ser­vices will re­duce, he said.

Pos­i­tive par­ent­ing starts from an­te­na­tal clin­ics, the min­is­ter said.

He spoke about out of home care laws and laws re­gard­ing care or­ders. “When a fam­ily has re­la­tion­ship is­sues which af­fect chil­dren, there should be a plan for the fam­ily pre­pared by pro­fes­sion­als so that the chil­dren, as much as pos­si­ble, are not re­moved from the fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment”.

Dr Far­ru­gia said that re­la­tion­ship ther­apy is nec­es­sary so that chil­dren are pro­tected. He spoke about those fam­i­lies in the poverty trap, as they would never have worked. He ex­plained that through the FEAD pro­gramme, that hands out food to fam­i­lies in need, fam­ily pro­files are be­ing drawn up by pro­fes­sion­als in or­der to iden­tify dif­fi­cul­ties.

He also spoke about chal­leng­ing be­hav­iour prob­lems in chil­dren and ado­les­cents. He said that the Young Peo­ple’s Unit at Mt Carmel Hos­pi­tal is not the right place for these per­sons, as hav­ing such prob­lems does not mean they suf­fer from men­tal health is­sues.

So­cial Sol­i­dar­ity Min­is­ter Michael Far­ru­gia

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