Relationships are an integral part of the work we do and we all know that it is one factor that can make or break a placement. Developing positive and meaningful relationships is more likely to lead to better long term outcomes for young people (Winter, 2015 p.3). Before coming into care, young people’s relationships can be fractured, chaotic, violent and abusive.
Our approach to care in our daily work can provide opportunities for young people to experience secure, stable and safe relationships. This can be achieved but sometimes requires changes in team approaches and processes as well as a level of individual professionalism (Winter, 2015 p.3).
Want to read more about why relationships are important and suggestions on how to break down the barriers? Download K. Winter’s 2015 paper [PDF].