Portsmouth City Council was one of eight authorities invited to Parliament to display their innovative work with children and families to MPs.

The Local Government Association (LGA) hosted the Bright Futures exhibition from 21-25 May, highlighting the importance of children's services.

Portsmouth has founded Up2U, a programme aimed at reducing family violence. It has been set up for people who use domestically abusive and unhealthy behaviours in their relationships.

The LGA are inspired by the work Portsmouth City Council are doing to tackle family violence locally and are keen to give them a national platform.

The exhibition showcased some of the incredible early intervention and prevention work that councils across the country are doing to support children and young people, including work to help those struggling with mental health issues.

Dan, a parent taking part in the programme said: "I feel like I have more control. I used to lose my temper really quickly, but now I’m much calmer."

Cllr Rob Wood, Cabinet member for Children and Families said: "Up2U is addressing issues that really need attention, so the more work that goes into this, the better. The programme is successfully reducing the number of families resorting to abusive behaviour in the home, proving that this work is essential."

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, attended the event to give her support.

Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South has also taken an interest in the programme.