Found for Social Welfare Services (FSWS)

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Found for Social Welfare Services (FSWS)
Location Valletta, MALTA

Found for Social Welfare Services (FSWS) Aġenzija Appoġġ as the National Agency for children, families and the community, safeguards and promotes the well-being of these persons through the development and provision of psycho-social welfare services. In 1994, the Social Welfare Development Programme was set up by the Ministry for Social Policy, so as to work for the improvement and development of services in the social welfare sector. At the time the programme comprised of the Child Protection Service, Domestic Violence Unit and the Community Development Unit which offered services in Cospicua, later on expanding to cover the Cottonera area. In the year 2000, a re-structuring exercise was implemented which led to the setting up of Aġenzija Appoġġ in 2001. Today, the Agency comprises over 25 services, all focusing on children, families and adults in vulnerable situations and/or at risk of social exclusion, and communities. The Agency gives priority to the provision and accessibility of psycho-social welfare services to persons at risk of social exclusion, in particular children and their families, as well as adults and families who are at risk. In line with Government policy the Agency offers services to:

  • provide immediate help to families and individuals in distress;
  • support families in their needs, with particular emphasis on their parenting role so as to promote healthy living environment to children;
  • linking people to other resources from which they would benefit;
  • build on strengths and resources in the communities that would make them sustainable and more supportive for the families and other individuals residing in those communities;
  • support parents with young children, through practical and emotional help offered through volunteers;
  • support and protect children who are being abused and at risk of abuse;
  • support children living in out-of-home residences;
  • provide an alternative family to children who need to live away from their own family, for their own best interest;
  • support and assist adults who are in vulnerable situations;
  • provide therapeutic services to such identified person

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