Listening to children within a 'whole family' context

The Care Act and the Children and Families Act 2014 introduce a number of reforms to the way that care and support for adults with care needs are met. It requires local authorities to adopt a whole system, whole council, whole-family approach, coordinating services and support around the person and their family and considering the impact of the care needs of an adult on their family, including children.

This means that children’s and adults’ services must have arrangements in place to assess young carers and ensure that no young person’s life is unnecessarily restricted because they are providing significant care to an adult.

The newly updated (2015) Whole Family Pathway is a tool for all adults’ and children’s services, education, health and other agencies who have contact with young carers and their families. This resource will support practitioners to implement changes in legislation for young carers and their families, including effective responses to the needs of young carers and their families.

This is a tool for all adults’ and children’s services, education, health and other agencies who have contact with young carers and their families. The Children’s Society has developed this Whole Family Pathway, to ensure that however a family (Parent or Child) in need of support first makes contact with an agency, the same key points are followed.