Family and Parenting Support Strategy

Closes 21 Dec 2018

Opened 29 Oct 2018



The Northern Ireland Executive has pledged to give children and young people across Northern Ireland the best start in life.  One way we will do this is by developing a new Strategy to help families and parents get the right support when they need it most, so they can raise happy and healthy children. This will be called the ‘Family and Parenting Support Strategy’. We will also produce an action plan showing the specific things we will do to help.

We want to make sure that the Strategy and the Plan are providing the right support. To do this, we need to hear directly from all types of families, which include one or more child (under 21 if child with a disability).

We would like to ask you some questions, to find out what YOU think is the best way to support families.  You do not need to answer all the questions, but it would be very helpful if you could provide as many responses as possible.  You can tell us as much or as little as you want in your answers. A representative from a support organisation may help you to complete the form.

We are very keen to hear from as many families as possible.  If you are unable to answer specific questions, but want to send us your general comments, you can use the ‘Additional Comments’ section at the end of the form. If you want to, you can also use this space to add to any of your other answers.

General Data Protection Regulations

We will process your data in accordance with our legal obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  All responses will be destroyed within three months of publication of the new Family and Parenting Support Strategy and supporting Action Plan.

As part of our legal obligations under the DPA and GDPR, we have carried out a Data Protection Impact Assessment, and prepared a Privacy Notice to tell you how we will process your information.  A copy of the Privacy Notice can be accessed on our Departmental website


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