Strong and stable families of all kinds are the bedrock of a strong and stable society and the Government is wholeheartedly committed to making this country as family friendly as possible. The Government cannot create resilient happy families but it can listen to their concerns and understand the barriers they face in their day to day lives. Working together with communities and families the Government will empower families to make choices that are right for them and enable their children to fulfil their full potential.
The Coalition’s Programme for Government made a number of commitments to support families, including encouraging take-up of relationship support, investigating a new approach to helping families with multiple problems and conducting a comprehensive review of family law.
This section contains the Department's latest news on family policy.
Information about the services provided by the FIS, including links to useful downloadable resources and guidance.
General article 14 March 2011
Telephone helplines and online services providing general and specialist information guidance and support to parents and families
General article 31 January 2011
Details of a report commissioned in 2009 on the issues facing Cafcass.
General article 18 October 2010
A statement from the Department in response to public comments regarding the family justice system, Sure Start, childcare provision and the tax-benefit system.
News 30 July 2010
Tim Loughton responds to the National Audit Office (NAO) report on support provided by Cafcass for children in the family court system.
News 28 July 2010
Children’s Minister Sarah Teather comments on Sure Start, the Pupil Premium and free childcare.
Speech Sarah Teather, 13 July 2010
The Government launches the Family Justice Review Panel and encourages the public to contribute their views on how the family justice system can be improved.
News 02 July 2010