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COVID-19: implications for our practice

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Working with other professionals

There is always more than one professional working with te tamaiti or their family/whānau at the same time. By working together and sharing information, we will achieve a better outcome for te tamaiti.

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.

Sharing information about tamariki and rangatahi

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:

  • health
  • legal
  • education
  • community
  • sports and recreation.

Engaging one-on-one

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
  • invite them to help us complete a child or young person and family consult or to sit alongside us as we complete our assessment.

Sharing information about tamariki and rangatahi

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.