Tier II: Beliefs about Family

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.

See PDF on Engaging Staff: a 30 minute exercise for your next staff meeting


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