During periods of chaos, children and families can become disconnected from their formal and informal support networks. Wherever possible, assistance needs to be provided to help families to re-establish or recreate these networks so that support can be sustained.
Effective service delivery includes the development of partnerships with families and communities and across systems of support to ensure that outcomes are broad and sustainable. The importance of linking children to trusted adults who can continue to support them is recognised and built into transition plans.
Booklet: Who Else Matters?
This booklet provides information on what children say they need from services working together to support them, tips on connecting children to their natural networks, and tools and resources for making service partnerships work.
Tool 6C: Helping Hands (PDF, 230KB)
Can be used to help children identify important people and supports in their lives, celebrate their connections to others, and help workers find formal and informal supports for families over time.
Tool 6G: Holding It Together (PDF, 209KB)
Can be used to help plan ongoing support for children and families, alleviate children's fear about losing support after exiting a program, and to identify alternative options.