Partnership means working alongside the family and whānau, not without them. Practitioners will work closely with children and families to enable them to lead the change in their lives.
Working in partnership means practitioners getting to know the children, their family and whānau they are working with. Building a trusting relationship allows for the family to talk openly the about concerns and issues they are facing. Only then can we make a plan which addresses the whole situation and focusses on the strengths and needs of the child, family and whānau.
Practitioners and professionals working in partnership will demonstrate these key characteristics:
There needs to be correspondence between management action and the notion of partnership. The management culture, leadership and organisational resources influence practice at all levels of service systems alongside the direct supervision and management of individual practitioners.
Some of the things to look at having in place are:
Children’s Teams work together in partnership with families and whānau to support them to make changes to their way of life, harness their strengths, achieve their goals and help their children achieve, thrive and belong.
It is voluntary to participate in a Children’s Team. The family/whānau agrees to be supported and to have personal information shared to help them achieve the goals set out in their plan.
Lead Professionals first builds an open, trusting relationship with the child, family and whānau. They work to establish a relationship of trust and respect with the family and whānau. They make decisions with them, not for them. The whānau are involved every step of way.
This plan is centred on the needs of the children and focussed on helping the family and whānau to meet their needs. The Children’s Team works closely with the child, family and whānau to develop a plan.
We actively seek feedback from the child and their family/whānau to improve what we do. Read more about how Children's Teams work.
Read more about the Family Partnership Model and the report by Superu: