Fàs - intensive family support
What is Fàs?
Fàs is a team of family support workers who provide intensive family support to children aged 5-11 in South Lanarkshire who are at risk of child protection concerns.
Our aim is to improve the life chances of children. Our name means "grow" in Scottish Gaelic and was chosen by children in South Lanarkshire. It represents the belief that with the right support all children can flourish.
- A family support worker will be allocated to a child and will work closely with the child, family and allocated social worker to determine what family support is required.
- The team are available early mornings, evenings and weekends as we know there is a need to be more available to support families.
- We will work directly with children to help them understand their circumstances and to overcome any adversity already experienced. This will involve individual and group work activities which promote confidence and self-esteem and build their resilience for the future.
- Workers will build relationships with parents and try to nurture, empower and equip them with the knowledge and resources needed to parent children successfully.
- We will try to support parents and children to have positive relationships with one another as we know a close, nurturing relationship with a caregiver is protective for children and will reduce the impact of adversity.
- We will work closely with social work, health, education and the third sector as we know children need universal services to thrive. Some children or parents might need specialist input from other agencies.
Referrals are made following an assessment by the allocated social worker. Referral will be made if the child is at risk of child protection concerns and intensive support is required to safeguard and promote change.