New paper: Building a new relationship with children, young people and families

In our latest paper from In Control's Childrens Programme we explore the elements of a new relationship between statutory agencies, services and children and families.

This new relationship is based on an approach which sees:

  • The child and the family at the centre: Families are the experts. They may need knowledge, skilled support and expertise from others to help with their child but it is essential to remember they hold the lead caring role and this should not be compromised by professional intervention.
  • The recognition of a family's 'real wealth': The child and the family have a range of existing resources that they can draw upon. They may simply need good support to enable them to recognise and utilise these resources.
  • A whole system: All support needs a joined-up approach focused on strategic outcomes.
  • Clear and simple outcomes: Outcomes agreed at the outset which set out simply and clearly what services will achieve for children, young people and families
  • A simple pathway: A set of steps clearly identifying the process for how children and young people will be assessed, eligibility criteria, allocation of personal budgets and review.

This short paper begins to explore the elements of this new relationship. You can download a copy of the paper below.

Want to find out more?

Nic Crosby, our Children's Programme lead will be a holding a webinar late November to explore this relationship in more detail. If you would like to register your interest in attending this session then please email

We are also holding our 17th Children's residential event on the 13th-14th November. Click here for more information on this.

Further information on our Children's Programme can be found here, or you can contact Nic directly at

Last Updated : 21 September 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.