Listening to children within a 'whole family' context

Legislation, guidance and good practice all direct practitioners to consider the needs of the child within the context of the family. A holistic approach is always advocated meeting the needs of the person who is ill or disabled, recognising family strengths as well as the difficulties / problems and being careful not to undermine parenting skills.

It is equally important to ensure that, within such a holistic approach, children's voices and feelings are heard and taken into account. Society has a duty to consult, inform, support and protect children who find themselves in a caring role that impacts upon their own development and aspirations. Children need to also be informed that they have a choice in whether or not to take on a caring role. (Source Making it Work- Frank 2002 )

Inter-agency and holistic approaches are vital if the needs of young carers and their families are to be met effectively and appropriately. Agencies need to consider how they will work together to provide coherent and equitable support and services to young carers and those they care for.

The Whole Family Pathway‌

Whole Family Pathway

The Children’s Society National Young Carers Initiative has been funded by the Department for Children Schools and Families to:

  • Encourage and support the effective implementation of interagency, whole family assessments and service delivery at local practice levels.
  • Promote joint working between adult and children’s services.

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(This piece of work was undertaken in partnership with Disabled Parents Network and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers)

The Key Principles of Practice‌

Key Principles of PracticeThe Children’s Society have published the Key Principles of Practice which, are intended to be used along side legislation and guidance already in place and, to support agencies to respond to the recommendations of national policy that affect young carers and their families in ways that are sensitive to their needs.  Using the Key Principles of Practice will help to ensure the best use of resources and promote whole family working. 

Read more about the Key Principles here. ‌