Social work professor and care review adviser Paul Bywaters says it should advocate a reversal of focus in children’s social care towards investing in families and an end to poverty:
We need to transform relationships with parents, children and young people, extended families and communities, so that they become seen as full partners. This isn’t about offering participation, with children’s services retaining all the real power, but resetting how we think about and work with people.
That starts by viewing parents as essential to finding solutions rather than central to the problem. Far more parent advocates might be a start. We need to be in the business of building and sustaining long term relationships with and for people and communities. Gaining the confidence of families will be a huge task.– Paul Bywaters in Community Care
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