Compare And Contrast The Key Strengths Of The Whole Family Approach

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b) Contrast the whole model to other agencies or previous ways of working where a whole family approach is not or was not used: Key strengths of the whole family assessment models include: • To encourage family’s engagement in the helping process. • To find out specific things that have stopped a family being engaged and to identify the right support. • To gain a holistic understanding of each family’s needs. • People providing care and support are identified and involved in the assessment to provide their views, experience and knowledge. • To try different approaches with the family and work out what works best with each family member. • Where plans are integrated, a lead Professional will be the gate keeper and review the plan.…show more content…
a) Justify the use of whole family approaches when working with families presenting with ASB and multiple and complex needs: The whole family approach is far more likely to result in whole understanding of the family, specific causes of their problems and therefore lead to a more effective way to support them to make changes for the benefit of the family and individually. The whole family model deals with the different layers in a family similar to the layers of an onion working with each individual needs and supporting the family’s relationship with one another to help strengthen the family unit. A whole family approach was defined as one in which: – The focus is on “relationships between different family members and uses family strengths to limit negative impacts of family problems and encourages progress towards positive outcomes” (Cabinet Office, 2007). If the whole family approach is not being used it is more likely that: • Duplication of services working with the family will happen as other agencies will not be aware of who else is working with the…show more content…
Trust was a big issue with mum so I made sure that I was never late. I visited for over 6 weeks talking to mum about how going out makes her feel, discussing ways that I could support her outside and the benefits of taking the children out to meet other children. Eventually I encouraged mum to come to one of the play sessions with me and picked her up stayed with her for the session, playing with the children and encouraging mum to also get involved. Mum started looking forward to us going to activities and become much more confident talking to other parents at the sessions. After supporting mum by picking her up for a number of weeks I then started to discuss how it would benefit her older son to start nursery, At first mum said that she did not trust nurseries to look after him which was one of the symptoms of schizophrenia. I was persistent and gave her information on all the nurseries in the area but knowing that mum was finding it hard I visited some of the nurseries to look at them myself. I found a small nursery that was felt welcoming, warm and staff was very

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