1A The first 1000 days
Looking back looking forward- valuing relationship
Working with disadvantaged young parents represents one of the most significant challenges for contemporary services. Although research is highlighting the effects of intergenerational disadvantage, our ability to respond to marginalised young parents is still developing. The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health offers practice support tools for all clinical and non-clinical professionals engaging with parents with complex issues. This includes the early intervention and prevention of infant and child issues that can be caused by many of the adversities faced by disadvantaged young parents. Engaging with these parents through a child-focused lens can be challenging. Many young and disadvantaged parents are wary of service provision because of their own experiences or because they fear child protection involvement. The ability of practitioners to build partnerships built on transparent and non-stigmatising processes is paramount.
Without a deliberate focus on parenting and adult adversity, children’s social and emotional wellbeing can become invisible within a practice context. The challenge of acknowledging the injustices that many young and disadvantaged parents have experienced, while maintaining accountability to children is a fine balance.
This presentation will use a video-based case study to explore the many opportunities for recognising the past in the present and exploring relational approaches that support parental engagement and reflection, rather than shaming a parenting cohort who are routinely judged and scrutinised. Building workforce capacity in this area has the potential to improve outcomes for children’s social and emotional wellbeing and therefore support the foundation of healthy development. This presentation will lead practitioners to avenues for further available free workplace training and resources, to continue this considered conversation within the sector, agencies, practitioners and of course parents and their children.
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Kelly is a Child Mental Health Workforce Consultant with Emerging Minds’ National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. With a background in Social Work, Kelly has over 20 years’ experience in the human services sector. Kelly has worked across regional South Australia and in the non-government sector leading and managing Homeless, Family, Community and Out of Home Care services; collaborating with communities and supporting children, parents, individuals and families. Kelly has a keen interest in strategy and policy with a focus on systems and service delivery change.
Nicole is a Child Mental Health Workforce Consultant with Emerging Minds’ National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. With a background in psychology and social work, Nicole’s most recent experience has been in working therapeutically with children aged 0-12 years who have experienced domestic violence and/or homelessness as well as children and parents from separated families to deliver child focused, trauma-informed interventions and education to children and their families.