Counicl launches new family support project

The launch of the partnership project with Safe Families for Children. Pictured are Iain Gordon, Chief Executive at Bethany Christian Trust, Safe Families For Children Scotland; Joan Tranent, Head of Children's Services (Midlothian Council), Mary Smith, Director of Education Communities and Economy (Midlothian Council); Cllr Bob Constable, Cabinet Member for Education (Midlothian Council), Kenneth Lawrie, Midlothian Council Chief Executive; and Andrew Murray. Programme Director, Safe Families for Children Scotland.
The launch of the partnership project with Safe Families for Children. Pictured are Iain Gordon, Chief Executive at Bethany Christian Trust, Safe Families For Children Scotland; Joan Tranent, Head of Children's Services (Midlothian Council), Mary Smith, Director of Education Communities and Economy (Midlothian Council); Cllr Bob Constable, Cabinet Member for Education (Midlothian Council), Kenneth Lawrie, Midlothian Council Chief Executive; and Andrew Murray. Programme Director, Safe Families for Children Scotland.

Midlothian Council has joined with the organisation Safe Families for Children Scotland to support families going through a difficult time.

Safe Families for Children provides support and guidance for isolated families by offering friendship, resources and a short break for children until their parents are back on their feet. It accepts referrals from partnering local authorities to match struggling families with caring volunteers in their area who can provide tailored support. Safe Families recruits most of its volunteers from churches in local communities.

Councillor Bob Constable, Cabinet Member for Education who attended the event on behalf of Midlothian Council, said: “We look forward to working with Safe Families and hope to make a real difference to the lives of the families we help by supporting them until the issues they face have been resolved.”

Iain Gordon, Chief Executive at Bethany Christian Trust - Safe Families for Children Scotland, said: “There are already over 15,000 children in care in Scotland. Children often take a long time to be returned to their families once they’ve entered the care system. If we are to be successful in preventing children from being taken into care it is vital that we support families at the earliest opportunity to prevent problems becoming crises and keep families together.”

​For further information about Safe Families for Children Scotland call 0131 603 8430 or email Scotland@safefamiliesforchildren.com