Social and Family Relationships
Contact with family and friends are an aspect of paramount
Where appropriate contact between the young person and his or
her parent, relatives and significant others is actively promoted
and encouraged on a daily basis if possible. However, on occasions,
the Centre reserves the right to curtail the contact, impose a
limit on the number of visitors allowed at the same time or
otherwise vary the arrangements for contact in the wider interest
of maintaining effective security and meeting the needs of the
child / young person.
Young people have daily access to a telephone and are encouraged
to maintain written correspondence.
Overnight accommodation is available (by prior arrangement) for
visitors who have to travel long distances. This is encouraged as
young people placed a long way from their home often have limited
contact with their families. This facility is also available to
case workers. Video Communication facilities are also available on
request. The Placing Authority will be asked to make every effort
to assist with visits and family contact. It is expected that the
case holder visits at least once a month.
Where a young person has very limited or no family contact or
personal contacts available for visiting, arrangements can be made,
if agreed, for an independent visitor for the young person. This
person is provided by Hillside.
All significant issues related to social and family
relationships, interests and needs will be identified through the
assessment and Care Planning process. The Placement Plan will in
turn identify any objectives, targets and tasks that will be
addressed during the child / young persons stay at Hillside.
Whilst family work is very much in the planning stage, we
encourage case workers to utilise the on site facilities to do
family work where required.