Supporting Families Service shortlisted for top award

Merton Council’s 0-12 Supporting Families Service (SFS) has been shortlisted for a prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Award.

In selecting the SFS from a range of possible candidates for the “Multi-agency work, supporting families, changing lives” category, LGC recognises the benefits that the service has brought to Merton’s families in need.

The SFS is a one-stop-shop to provide assistance for Merton’s most vulnerable families. The team of specialists offers tailored support and advice to families with problems at home or elsewhere, including help with parenting, relationships, housing, health and benefits.

Merton’s SFS works in partnership with other agencies such as schools, social care, housing, voluntary groups and health services. Its focussed approach to support means that the issues families face can be managed early on in a very efficient way, helping to stop situations becoming crises and delivering the best possible outcomes for families with young children.

Merton Council cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Maxi Martin said: “I am really proud that we have been recognised for our continued hard work with children and families in greatest need. We want to keep our families together and are committed to helping them stay strong for the long-term.”

Notes to editors
The SFS was recognised as a model of good practice in the government-commissioned Munro Report in 2011, which reviewed child protection measures.

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