Family First Team (Women’s Aid ABCLN) and NHSCT win Social Work Awards 2018 – Partnership Team of the Year 

Family First Team (Women’s Aid ABCLN) and Social Workers (Family Intervention Teams) Northern Health and Social Care Trust are the winners of the Partnership Team of the Year 2018. 

The Family First Project works in partnership with Women’s Aid and the NHSCT Family Intervention teams across Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey.  The project supports mothers and children who have experienced (or currently experience) domestic violence, at the earliest possible opportunity thereby reducing risk, minimizing further harm, preventing separation (resulting from children being taken into care) and strengthening family relationships. 

The project is working very successfully based on the joint partnership and coordinated response to the women and their children from Social workers and Women’s Aid staff that will promote very positive outcomes.

The Family First project employs a dedicated team of 8 support staff and is funded by Big Lottery Supporting Families.  

Louise O’Kane, Assessment Manager for the team stated “This is a terrific achievement for the two teams – both Women’s Aid and social workers.  It is working together to provide early intervention, support and protection for mothers and their children.  The project has allowed for mutual learning and increased understanding of the impact of domestic violence.”

Tracy Magill, Head of Service – Safeguarding & Family Support stated “ We are delighted to have this innovative project recognised. The project demonstrates that through the partnership between Woman’s Aid and the NHSCT services have been delivered that have directly improved the lives of women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. We are proud of how successful the partnership has been.

Support can be accessed by calling The Naomi Centre on 02825 632136 or the government funded 24hr Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 (Open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence). Alternatively read about our services by visiting www.womens-aid.org.uk

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