We all acknowledge the principle that children and young people who need care are best placed with kin, if there are family members who can provide safety and help meet their emotional needs. However, family of origin patterns of interaction, and longstanding issues around relationships and the meanings attributed to past events, can be complicated. Cultural and customary kinship roles add a further dimension.
The workshop considers the complexities which emerge when the ‘care’ system and the ‘family’ system overlap. It focuses on managing the tricky issues, such as boundary issues within families and ensuring safety. Achieving positive contact with parents can be difficult when children are placed with relatives, and research tells us that reunification planning can be more challenging than with non-relative carers. Integration with case planning for the child and how kinship carers can be positively involved will be examined along with responding to the barriers to this ideal.
Who should attend?
This workshop is targeted at workers in government and community services who support and work with relative and kinship carers in any role.
You’ll learn more about:
- Strategies for identifying and ‘finding’ prospective kinship carers
- Assessment essentials specific to kinship carer assessment — what the research tells us
- Recognising and reducing the risks of kinship care
- Responding to role confusion – supporting kinship carers to be ‘carers’ as well as ‘kin’
- Contracting with families and kinship carers around agreed plans – strategies for achieving a united focus on the child
- Promoting positive contact when family issues make this difficult
- Change management strategies for successful reunification planning.