On Monday Councillors Gavin Dick, Brian Parnell and I visited one of Southampton's 3 family centres. We spent a morning at the centre in Derby Road talking with staff about the sorts of issues that they deal with.
We were enormously impressed at the amazing work done with vulnerable children and families with dealing with problems such as drink, drugs issues or violence.
Talking with staff was extremely educational and we met a number of really dedicated people.
I am amazed that Labour in last month's budget setting meeting at the city council wanted close this or one of the other centres.
Family breakdown is a huge problem in this country and Southampton certainly has it's fair share of difficulties. We have to support parents and where children are in danger act to protect them.