There are principles at the heart of all practice that all professionals and organisation can adopt with working with BAME families and young carers

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It is important to be flexible and to modify professional actions to be more culturally appropriate. Practitioners need to be aware of assumptions, stereotyping and interpretations, and to work with a person and their family on their own terms.

  • Avoid making assumptions because of someone’s culture or background
  • Ensure open consultation with family members
  • Adopt a whole family approach and take into account any particular needs and requirements that arise. For example, consider people’s foods, festivals, understanding of illness or disability and their expectations. 

Whole family approach

The Whole Family Pathway is a tool for all adults’ and children’s services, education, health and other agencies that have contact with young carers and their families. We have developed this Whole Family Pathway, to ensure that the same key points are follows regardless of how a family (parent or child) in need of support first makes contact with an agency. 

Creating a local Memorandum of Understanding and utilising the NHS integrated Toolkit to ensure all organisations are working in a coordinated whole family way can also ensure that young carers and their families, from all cultural backgrounds, are recognised and supported in an effective and consistent way.

The Department of Health has issued the ‘Care Act and Whole-Family Approaches’ which sets out best practice approaches to thinking “whole family” in assessment, planning and review processes – as well as the combined legal framework with children’s legislation that underpins whole family working. 

Social Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have also created ‘Care and Support Guidance’ providing guidance on general responsibilities and universal services duties. They have produced a toolkit to provide resources, training and consultancy to help local authorities and care providers to analyse, develop, deliver and evaluate Care Act implementation programmes, to be used alongside the statutory guidance.

‘The intention of the whole-family approach is for local authorities to take a holistic view of the person’s needs and to identify how the adult’s needs for care and support impact on family members or others in their support network.’ - Care and Support Statutory Guidance 

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