Integrated Family Support Service
The Integrated Family Support Team is a crisis intervention service working with families where there are serious child protection concerns relating to parental/Carer substance misuse. The service is provided in the family’s home environment at times best suited to the family’s needs. It is an intensive intervention lasting 4-6 weeks with follow ups at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months post intensive phase.
There are clear links between the approaches used by the Integrated Family Support Team and Families First, but whereas Families First is positioned at the early intervention and prevention end of the continuum of need, Integrated Family Support Team is a more remedial intervention. Families may ‘step down’ from Integrated Family Support Team into Families First services and similarly Families First services may refer on to Integrated Family Support Team where needs have escalated.
The two programmes will be closely aligned to ensure the implementation of a joined up pathway for families who need support.