Benefits of working with other professionals
Other professionals can give us a new insight into the family/whānau situation. Sharing information gives us a bigger picture of what is happening for te tamaiti and their family/whānau, and helps us determine how we can help.
Services and supports from a range of agencies can help address the multi-faceted needs of tamariki and their family/whānau.
However, there are issues we need to be aware of:
- When we work together, we need to find a way to keep te tamaiti and their family/whānau at the centre, even though the other professionals may have a different primary focus, different organisational procedures or a different legal jurisdiction.
- We should look widely for information – we might have strong relationships with some professionals, but we should also seek information from other people we don't know so well.
- We need to treat all information with care and respect.
Who we might be working with
Professionals are people employed by an organisation to undertake a task. We might also work with volunteers. Professionals and volunteers are accountable to the rules, roles and responsibilities of their organisation.
We may work with professionals from the following areas:
- sports and recreation.
To help develop a quality relationship with another professional, we could:
- phone them instead of emailing
- see them in person
- invite them to visit family/whānau with us
- share resources and tools, like the most recent Tuituia report
- invite them to site forums and internal training
- encourage them to visit the Practice Centre and orangatamariki.govt.nz
- invite them to help us complete a child or young person and family consult or to sit alongside us as we complete our assessment.
Meeting as a group
We have a key leadership role in bringing everyone together on a regular basis to share their knowledge, insights and ideas.
Meeting as a group allows everyone to hear information first-hand and to add their own thoughts for everyone to hear.