Car­ing teams gather to give fam­i­lies more help

Rochdale Observer - - SON LEFT AFRAID TO LEAVE HOUSE BY ATTACK AT SCHOOL -

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

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