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What is Families First?

‘Families First’ is a Welsh Government-funded programme which has been
developed to play a key role, alongside mainstream services and other grant funded initiatives, such as Flying Start and Communities First, in addressing child poverty.

Families First will contribute to all three strategic objectives set out in the Welsh Government’s Child Poverty Strategy and latterly the Tackling Poverty Action Plan by reducing the number of workless families through improving skills and removing barriers to employment; reducing inequalities that exist in education, health and economic outcomes for children; and by improving those services for those living in poverty.

Cardiff Families First programme is for families that need some extra help or support as long as they live in Cardiff and have a child under the age of 18 (or 25 if the young person has additional needs) and/or they are expecting a baby.Familes First

The focus of the programme is on early intervention and prevention. It aims to provide families with the right help at the right time to prevent situations getting worse.  In particular, it aims to provide support for families that are on low income or are vulnerable in some other way.

Families First is managed in Cardiff by the Cardiff Partnership team, based in the City of Cardiff Council and delivered by a range of partner organisations across Cardiff.

There is a full description of the Families First programme and the approach taken in Cardiff in the document ‘Putting Families First in Cardiff’ and in our Annual Reviews:


The Cardiff Family Information Service also provides free advice and information on children’s leisure activities and childcare options in Cardiff. Click here for more details.