Caring teams gather to give families more help
MORE than 200 social workers, health professionals, schools, probation, police and voluntary organisations packed out the Great Hall Rochdale Town Hall to learn new ways to support families.
They gathered for an event aiming to teach strategies for reducing conflict and maintaining positive relationships.
Coun Kieran Heakin, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We’re really pleased to have so many partners on board and backing our work on relationships. It’s all part of our commitment to helping families earlier with the right support before bigger issues present themselves.”
Professor Gordon Harold presented research findings on the impact of parental conflict on children.
Helen Kane from Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services (Cafcass) spoke about the family court system, then Sheeda Adam from Children First spoke about ways to reduce conflict in families.
A relationship manifesto was launched at the conference, with a call to action for those living and working in the borough to help promote positive relationships, which all of the partners pledged to make a priority.
●●Coun Kieran Heakin