Start assessing your staff team’s views on family
To build a program like this into your current work, you need to begin with understanding your staff team’s view on family. There also needs to be alignment within your organization and a general philosophy that believes family should be part of your response.
Questions to consider:
- How does your staff team define family in relation to the youth they work with?
- What have they noticed about if and how youth talk about family?
- What has been your staff team’s experience working with families of the youth you serve?
- How does your staff team view the role that ongoing family support plays in the lives of the youth you work with?
Tips: Engaging Staff
Family can be a challenging conversation for frontline staff who regularly listen to stories of youth’s conflict with family. Understanding that working with youth and their families is important can be difficult as a consequence .
Some strategies to engage staff include:
- Build talking about family into regular team meetings
- If a staff member has built a strong relationship with a youth, ask them for their input and support in how to best engage the youth
- If you begin a prevention program, share the positive outcomes of some of the youth and families
- Engage staff individually in understanding the work the prevention program is doing; this may be by including them in goal setting with a youth you are mutually working with; asking for support around appointments, etc.