INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY SUPPORT PRACTICE. FEBRUARY 2009. HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF FAMILY SUPPORT PRACTICE AND POLICY IN IRELAND. Church, state and voluntary charitable organisation responsible for child welfare and policy. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1959) enacted in Ireland (1996)
Article 2: All rights apply to all children without exception. The state is obliged to protect children from any form of discrimination and to take positive action to promote their rights.
~ Interagency and inter professional practice
~ Multi-disciplinary approaches
~ Public Awareness
~ Child Protection.
FAMILY SUPPORT PRACTICE AIMS TO:
and private sectors.
children, young people, their families and communities.
1. Working in Partnership is an integral part of Family Support Partnership includes, children, families, professionals and communities.
2. Family Support Interventions are needs led and strive for the minimum intervention required.
3. Family Support requires a clear focus on the wishes,feelings, safety and well-being of children.
4. Family Support promotes the view that effective interventions are those that strengthen informal support networks.
5. Family Support services reflects a strengths based perspective which is mindful of resilience as characteristic of many children and families lives.
6. Family Support is accessible and flexible in respect of location, timing, setting needs and can incorporate both child protection and out of home care.
7. Families are encouraged to self refer and multi- access referral paths will be facilitated.
8. Involvement of service users and providers in the planning, delivery and evaluation of family support services is promoted on an ongoing basis.
9. Services aim to promote social inclusion, addressing issues around ethnicity, disability and rural/urban communities.
10. Measures of success are routinely built into provision
so as to facilitate evaluation based on attention to the outcomes for service users and there by facilitate ongoing support for quality services based on best practice.
Process and Task
Improves quality of life
Needs led/Involvement of service users
Accessible and Flexible
Strengthens informal social networksCOMPARING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT PRACTICE PRINCIPLES
“Social Support is defined as behaviours that assist people who are undergoing difficult life circumstances to cope effectively with problems they face”
come through the same issue.
through the same issue.
utiise a service. e.g. supporting someone
who is going to counselling for example.
“Building social capital is at the core of empowerment together with promoting institutional reforms and removing social barriers. It is a critical asset for creating opportunities that enhance well-being for achieving greater security and reduced vulnerability”.
regard and affectionate care.
defined by a community of interest.