Working in partnership with families

The overall aim is that any work undertaken with children and their families should be done in partnership, and this is integral to everything that we do.

Partnership can be described as:

The child's views differ to their parents

Workers need to find ways of working with parents, and recognising their knowledge and expertise without losing sight of the young person's views and feelings.

There are no limits to partnership working ... Staff should not limit the notion of partnership to parents, nor should they only consider parents as family. 

'Family' could include grandparents, extended family, friends of the family, friends of the young person and significant others.

For guidance on when to include significant others when a parent with consent is in disagreement, please refer the Islands Child Protection Committee Guidelines, 'involvement of significant others'.