How often have you heard this phrase ‘it takes a village’? In contemporary child welfare work we know and believe this to be true. We also know that too many of the families we work with remain isolated and excluded from the connections and opportunities they need to create the life they want. We know they often feel trapped under the weight of a ‘spiral of disadvantage’, that sometimes they – and we! – can’t clearly understand or articulate. This can affect our ability as workers to help families escape this disadvantage and succeed in moving forward.
This workshop offers a contemporary and practice-oriented frame of reference for the use of social inclusion theory in family support. Clarify your understanding of social exclusion and how exactly it can impact upon the ability of the families you work with to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Consider how to harness the concepts and resources of social inclusion, in practice, to support families in overcoming exclusion and disadvantage. Think through how to help realise opportunity for families and support them to create their own village, within the family support role. How can social inclusion concepts be used to plan and deliver effective family support services to families?
Who should attend?
For government and non-government managers, supervisors and practitioners working in family support and reunification services.