Integrated Family Support Service
The Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS) is a Welsh Government initiative that is in statute. The Team works across Flintshire and Wrexham, it is a multi-agency team who have been trained in Motivational Interviewing and Solution focussed Therapy to work with families experiencing difficulties in parenting due to substance misuse or other identified complexities.
Experience shows by giving the whole family a lot of support early on we can help prevent matters getting out of control. The IFSS intervention consists of an initial intensive four to six week programme, where the family will be offered work in their own homes (Phase 1). This is followed by a less intensive phase of up to 12 months. (Phase 2).
Referrals come via the Children’s Services Teams; the child’s Social Worker retains case holding responsibility. However if other professionals believe a family they are working with would benefit from the IFSS, they need to contact the child’s Social Worker in the first instance.
The Team also undertake training with other professionals to enhance skills in dealing with such cases. There is also a Consultant Social Worker who works with families, undertakes research and other duties, based on the strengths of using an intensive family model.