Sometimes families need help from Children’s Services to keep their children safe. The Integrated Family Support Team (IFST) brings together social workers and health workers. We only work with families who want to meet us – nobody can be forced to use our services.
We might be worried about children if their carers are drinking too much or using drugs. We want to keep families together, so adults with a drink or drug problem are asked if they want to talk about how they can keep their children safe and stay together as a family.
The Integrated Family Support Team (IFST) brings together social workers and health workers. We only work with families who want to meet us – nobody can be forced to use our services.
If you would like to meet IFST, your social worker will refer your family. Once your social worker has spoken to us, we’ll get in touch to arrange a good time to come to your home. We will only call when it suits you, and will only come back if you invite us to.
We’ll spend the next 3 days talking about any concerns Children’s Services have and finding out what changes you would like to make. At the end of these 3 days, the IFST worker will let the social worker know if you and your family would like to keep working with us. If you do, we’ll spend the next 4–6 weeks working to help make the changes needed to keep your family safe.
At the end of our 4–6 weeks of intensive work, we’ll still be there to help you meet the goals you set for yourselves. We’ll meet with you again 1 month after the end of our intensive work then after 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.