Tackling fam­ily abuse

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MARY-JO TOHILL

South Otago Angli­can Fam­ily Care has in­tro­duced a new pro­gramme ‘‘Fam­ily Start’’ that specif­i­cally tar­gets abuse in fam­i­lies.

Angli­can Fam­ily Care is the ma­jor so­cial ser­vice provider in South Otago, and the new Fam­ily Start pro­gramme ad­dresses a need in the com­mu­nity, South team leader Jane Hut­ton said.

‘‘This is a chance for ba­bies in 2018 to have a bet­ter start in life than their par­ents may have re­ceived. We are hop­ing it will make a big change to our com­mu­nity in time, and help break the cy­cle of abuse.’’

It sup­ports ex­pec­tant par­ents and par­ents of new-born and young chil- dren, and in­cor­po­rates the lat­est in child de­vel­op­ment re­search.

‘‘For in­stance, during a baby’s first three years, talk is the big­gest sin­gle fac­tor driv­ing brain growth and preschool readi­ness.

‘‘We teach and en­cour­age par­ents how to talk to their ba­bies through a range of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties. We sup­port fam­i­lies who are strug­gling with chal­lenges or prob­lems that may make it harder for them to care for their baby or young child.

‘‘Our focus is the health, education, safety and de­vel­op­ment of the child and sup­port­ing par­ents to achieve their goals.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 03 418 2530 or 0800 FAM CARE. Email: en­quiries@Fam­i­lyCare.org.nz

Angli­can Fam­ily Care has in­tro­duced the new early in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme Fam­ily Start to South Otago.

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