The pressure on services for children in need will remain as significant and it is important that there is greater clarity in organisational accountability and local arrangements to prevent duplication, to ensure that gaps do not appear in service provision.
At present, resources are heavily targeted at the process of information gathering by different agencies and workers.There is less emphasis on the analysis of this information and on the decision making and planning stages, and children and families are rarely involved in these respects. This must change. We believe that the participation of children and families must be central to all aspects of the work.
Although Conference Coordinators can be from any background, they must have some awareness of child protection issues and experience of working within childcare systems.It is also important that children have an advocate. This helps to ensure that children’s rights are actively promoted throughout the process.
Other family members can also sometimes benefit from access to advocacy. Local Authorities need to incorporate this method of family work into other children’s services e.g. into Education and youth services. It is Best Conveyancing Service the experience of children and professionals alike that the identification of a preferred service option after a process of information gathering, analysis, decision making and planning does not guarantee that the identified service will actually be delivered.
Agreements often seem to be changed if the recommendations are for service provisions that are expensive.When such changes occur, it can often appear to children and families that they are receiving an inferior provision, rather than the one that best meets their needs.
Front line workers can be left in the difficult position of trying to work in cooperation and partnership with families to resolve their problems, when the service users feel distrust, resentment and anger.If children and young people were truly involved in the assessment, planning and reviewing processes.