New statutory guidance, emphasising the importance of Mental Health provision in supporting Looked After Children, was published back in March 2015. Marked by an excellent event hosted by NCB, contributors from DfE and DoH came together with nationally recognised figures in the field of Adoption, Health, Education and Social Care.
But as we reflect on this, what support is there for the Wellbeing of those adults delivering this kind of support to children? How do they process the emotional impact of their work on themselves and those around them?
Foster carers may access professional level support more readily, but what of Adoptive Parents? Then there is the army of so-called 'ordinary' parents who find themselves meeting mental health needs at home...
Public Sector management professionals too, must take difficult decisions that come with an emotional cost.
Many of us will have come into contact with a dedicated but frazzled member of schools staff: - busy teaching verbs one minute, discussing a traumatic Child Protection case the next.
Parent-carers too, of vulnerable children including those with Mental Health challenges sometimes never catch a break. Wherever their child is, you can be sure that child will process everything they experience through their nearest and dearest once home.....
If you are a professional from the clinical or therapeutic world, you may well have access to Supervision as part and parcel of your working infrastructure.
But what if you don't?
Friends, peers and close colleagues may help enormously. But it is questionable if that is able to do the job as effectively long term, as proper professional support.
There is a debate to be had nationally, about recognising this need for ALL the adults in the support circle around a child or young person to access support, how that is systemised across all the sectors involved and how it is resourced.
I am in dialogue with a range of professionals in Health, Education, Therapeutic services and the Public Sector to garner 'support for the supporters'.
I pop up and annoy folk with my chivvying on a regular basis!
Get in touch. LinkedIn messages welcome.
© Jo Broad 2016 / 17
Autumn 2017 News: Children & Social Work Act - A Land Of Challenge And Opportunity
When the Government published 'Putting Children First' in July 2016 (the DfE's Policy paper on Children and Social Work) there was considerable doubt in the sector as to the Bill's likely success, and what changes it would bring as an Act.
Key to predicting with relative certainty the outcome, was taking a careful look at its antecedents in Policy terms over the past 3-5 years: the Children & Families, Devolution, Education & Adoption Acts, and a new LA remit for Public Health.
Armed with a small splash of wisdom born out of experience, it became clear to those of us with a track record of interpreting Public Policy announcements, that the Bill would indeed go through and at a relatively fast pace....
Royal Assent was granted just as Parliament closed in April ’17, for the General Election and most key elements from 'Putting Children First' made it onto the statute books. You can read my earlier predictions on this, by clicking through this News article.
But where are we now?
Read on for my quick fire overview. Enjoy!
Emotional Health & Mental Wellbeing: Vulnerable Children, Their Families And Professional Supporters - Reflective Spaces
When the Government's new guidance to promote Health & Wellbeing of Looked After Children was published back in 2015, it rightly promoted integrated agency working.
But what about the Health & Wellbeing of the adults involved in supporting vulnerable children, Looked After, or not?
There is an army out there of parents, carers, schools staff, public sector workers, and volunteers all engaging with vulnerable Children and Young People.
How can their wellbeing also be supported so they can process the emotional impact of this work and 'stay whole'?....
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