Children & Young People

Free, friendly, professional support and advice for families.

Families First is a Welsh Government funded programme to help support families, children and young people up to 25 years living in Newport and is led and co-ordinated by Newport Youth Service.

Families First's over-arching aim is to reduce the impact of poverty by employing a multi-agency approach focusing on prevention and early intervention.

Are you

  • Aged 11 to 25?
  • Living in the Newport area?

Do you

  • Need support to access training and employment opportunities?
  • Care for a young person not reaching their full academic potential in school?
  • Know a young person who is a low or non-school attendee?
  • Care for a young person with sexual health concerns?
  • Know a young person at risk of anti-social behaviour?

We can help

Our approach is to provide flexible one-to-one support tailor-made to cater to your needs. Together we can produce an action plan that will enable you to meet your goals – and where appropriate we work in partnership with other agencies and services so that you receive the very best in specialist support.

Our aims are to:

  • Support young people, aged 16 – 25, to remain engaged within education, training and employment
  • Contribute to the attainment levels of pupils at Key Stages 2, 3 & 4
  • Increase Year 11 pupils achieving Level 2 threshold (inc. English/Welsh & Maths)
  • Reduce unauthorised absenteeism in mainstream education

In addition, we also aim to contribute to:

  • The reduction of first time entrants to Youth Offending Teams
  • Reduction of under 16's conceptions through the C-Card Scheme.

What you can expect

Weekly allocation meetings are held and, once the referral is allocated, a family support worker will contact you to arrange a convenient appointment to discuss your needs, looking at the strengths and resources that you and your family already have.

Together we will draw up a support plan for your family working flexibly and providing a service that fits in with your needs and commitments.

Complete a referral form and return to [email protected] and the team will be in touch.

Download Families First self referral form (doc)

Download Families First professional referral form (doc)

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