Whole family support
The Department for Education funded Carers Trust between 2010 and 2012 to build a collection of practice examples to support those who commission or develop services think about how to deliver creative and effective services locally.
Examples of whole family working
Whole family support for at risk families and young carers
The Think Family Project delivers sustained, intensive work with targeted young carers and their families over a period of around 12 months. The work is personalised to each family and addresses the needs of young carers as well as the wider needs of the family through parenting and relationship work, family activities and advocacy.
A one-stop holistic service for young carers and their families experiencing multiple challenges
Tailored, multi-agency support to the families of young carers experieincing multiple challenges and who are most at risk of harmful or excessive caring.
Using a whole family assessment
A whole family assessment is initially carried out in order to embed a whole family approach to supporting families. The results of this assessment then inform an intervention plan that is developed and agreed upon by the family.
Coordinated meetings to help families write their own care plans
Barnardo’s in Bolton coordinates meetings Family Group Conferences which aim to bring together everyone who is involved with a young carer, enabling the family to decide what support they need and to make plans that reduce the young person’s caring role.
Out of hours support family work
The Out of Hours project aims to provide a holistic package of support for young carers and their families at times that suit them, which may be outside the existing 9–5 service. Young carers and their families are offered one-to-one support, signposting, advocacy and fun activities for the whole family.
Support programme for parents of young carers
The Triple P System is an evidence-based parenting programme founded on over 30 years of clinical and empirical research. Winchester and District Young Carers uses the model to work with the parents of young carers in order to create improvements in their family lives.
Whole family involvement in young carer crisis plans
Using a child-friendly booklet designed with and for young carers, called "Safe, Sorted and Supported," the project encourages young carers and their families to plan ahead in case of crisis or emergencies.
Mental health problems or addiction
Below are some examples of targeted whole family approaches for families where mental health problems or addiction is present.
- A range of family support for young carers of substance misusing adults
The project supports families affected by substance misuse by providing one-to-one support to young carers and parents and a range of group activities for both adults and children.
- Whole family support for young carers affected by parental mental ill health
The partnership improves systems and practice within inpatient mental health services and community mental health teams. The project encourages mental health professionals to enquire about patients’ children and family situations and improves information sharing between all the professionals who work with these families. The project also ensures that no child or young person takes on the majority of care for an adult once they are discharged from mental health services.
- Family Rooms for young carers visiting relatives using inpatient mental health services
Family Rooms provide a safe, comfortable and homely environment for children, young people and their families when they visit a family member staying in a specialist mental health, learning disability or substance misuse service.