Whole family approach - practice examples

Whole family approach - practice examples

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.

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 PDF iconThink 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 PDF iconsupport 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 PDF iconwhole 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 PDF iconproject 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.