Professional practice with families is based upon the integrated Model of Pro-Social Practice developed by Chris Trotter based upon his work (1991; 1996; 2004) with families and other involuntary client groups. The model focuses particularly upon Role Clarification; Pro-social Modelling and Re-inforcement; Problem Solving and Building Relationships. The model is both supported by research findings and is consistent with a range of theoretical perspectives.
The model of supportive training used will be facilitative, through small, easily assimilated blocks of learning based around practical activity, demonstration and role-play, and supported by the use of resources such as books; games; videos; sequencing; story boards and physical resources.
In order to assess parental capacity a variety of tools are used, tailored to the needs of the parent. These are incorporated into the Framework of Assessment of Children in Need and their Families and include:
Through the use of a variety of models, tools and techniques as described above, an individual and personalised programme of assessment and support can be tailored to each individual and/or family, giving every opportunity for the parents to display positive parenting.
"Yes, just knowing I was in a safe environment"
"Yes, very safe."
"Yes, 100%, you looked after us."
"Yep, staff are good."
"Yep, I knew I was doing well."
"Yes, helped a lot as I knew my good and bad points."
"Yeah, ‘cos they were being honest.”"