Social Solidarity Minister announces positive parenting strategic policy
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