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Happier beginnings

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  • Monday, April 16, 2012
Mothers can be unprepared for having a baby, feeling overwhelmed or depressed, but Family Action's "befriender" projects aim to relieve the pressure. Emily Rogers visits one project in Nottinghamshire

Volunteers absent among first family champions

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  • Monday, October 31, 2011
One of the first areas to trial the government's flagship scheme to get families into work has revealed it has no plans to recruit volunteers to boost provision, despite the founder of the programme wanting to "see thousands" of volunteers supporting the initiative.

Ennals urges radical action for families as he departs NCB

Sir Paul Ennals has called for a transformation in the way family support services are provided in order to stem the flow of children entering care, saying he wants all neighbouring local authorities to jointly commission services for families in households before they reach crisis point.

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