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Family Information Services (FIS) Wales conference #infoforthefuture, 14/03/17 [W]

On 15 March, the annual Family Information Services (FIS) Wales Conference #infoforthefuture will be celebrating another year of partnership working to support the crucial role of Family Information Services (FIS) in improving accessibility to information and support for families in Wales.

Family Information Services (FIS) in Local Authorities across Wales help families to access local, regional and national information and support that is relevant and tailored to their individual circumstances. A priority for the Welsh Government is to ensure families and children across Wales have access to reliable, accurate and up to date information on tackling poverty programmes and initiatives.

The focus of #infoforthefuture is on developments which will shape the support and information the Family Information Services (FIS) will provide in the coming year. Delegates will discuss with Kath Ashton of Public Health Wales the opportunities and challenges presented in Public Health Wales’ research on Adverse Childhood Experiences. There will also be an update from the Welsh Government on the development and roll out of the childcare offer.

Steve Thomas, Chief Executive of the WLGA, will address the Conference about Cymru Well Wales’s First 1000 Days collaboration, which aims to improve health in the early years through partnership working to encourage early intervention.

Carl Sargeant AM, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children says: ‘Investing in our children is an investment for the long term. It is the most sustainable means of building a more prosperous future’.

The title of the Conference #infoforthefuture highlights the importance of high quality and accessible Family Information Services (FIS) delivering to the highest standard to ensure families across Wales can continue to obtain information and support  at the right time.


To find out more or to arrange an interview, please contact Lynne Hill on 029 2034 2434 or email lynne.hill@childreninwales.org.uk.


  1. Family Information Services (FIS) provide free advice and information in all local authorities on a wide range of childcare options and activities for children aged 0-20, their families and their carers.
  2. Children in Wales Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales. We work with the FIS network to provide information and resources to help with their work. Find full details at http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/family-support-parenting/fis.
  3. The conference, #infoforthefuture, will be held on 15 March in Cardiff. You can find out more at childreninwales.org.uk/events.