Whole Family Bag

Whole Family in a Bag contains national guidance and justification for whole family working, as well as a range of resources and tools to support local developments.

An effective whole family approach supports all members of a family to ensure that a young person is prevented from taking on inappropriate caring roles that negatively impacts on their own mental or physical well-being, education, and access to leisure or life chances.

In families affected by parental mental ill health or parental substance misuse, a caring role can often be compounded by other issues such as financial constraints, inappropriate housing, dual diagnosis, family secrets, community isolation and fear of service intervention.

"Children and young people do not care in isolation, they care because someone in their family has an unmet care need"

Research findings from the Government's Family and Young Carers Pathfinder Programme (Turning around theWhole Family Quote 1 lives of families with multiple problems link), which aimed to develop local responses to the needs of families with multiple and complex social, economic, health and child problems, showed significant improvements in nearly half of families supported.

For those families where inappropriate caring was identified as a concern, evidence showed that on exit from the Pathfinder Programme three-fifths (60%) showed overall improvements in their situation and for nearly a third (32%) all concerns were removed.

Emerging national guidance and legislation is supporting a whole family, joined up approach to supporting families with multiple and complex needs, particularly where a child is at risk of, or is, taking on an inappropriate caring role. Below is a list of guidance, strategies and resources to support local developments:

Whole Family Quote 2National Legislation and Guidance Justifications – this document pulls together key statements and items that are emerging nationally that support this approach.

Updated Memorandum of Understanding‌ - Adult's and Children's Services protocol to ensure young carers are actively protected from excessive or inappropriate caring.

Signposts ‌- Short paper that aims to share evidence based practice, promote local discussion and encourage improved outcomes.

Young carers: Personalisation and whole family approaches - Published by The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Turning the tide‌ - addresses the huge financial and social costs of society’s failure to support the 60,000 adults facing multiple needs and exclusions in Britain today.

You are not on your own‌ - A booklet to help children and adults talk about a parent’s drinking.

'Listening to Young Carers' and 'Ask Me About Me' DVDs - Order Form

Refugee Toolkit, Engage Toolkit and the Whole Family Pathway - Toolkits to help support a wide range of families

CarersTrust Carers Hub - Model of comprehensive carer support based on the outcomes of the refreshed National Carers' Strategy

The Children's Society Include Programme Leaflets and Booklets - A variety of resources are available to download.

Promoting positive well-being for children - A report for decision-makers in parliament, central government and local areas.

National Young Carers Forum - Participation in the Include Partnership Training Programme (A timeline 2007-2011).

Young Carers Festival - Messages from 2000 to 2011

A new approach for young carers - Supporting the whole family.

The 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.

SCIE At a glance documents - focus particularly on documents 01, 09, 11 and 32.