Young People's Housing Advice

Young people's housing and support options in Devon

Family Intervention

Family Intervention (FIS) workers are people who have responsibility for working with 16/17 year olds and their parents who are experiencing family breakdown and the young person is at risk of homelessness.

FIS workers engage with Parent(s)/Carers and work to return the young person back home.

The 4 Processes are

  1. Safeguarding
  2. Agreed FIS Intervention.
  3. Mediative work.
  4. Throughcare/aftercare

Family Intervention is very benificial, making an instant connection with the Parents whose doors we knock on. We usually have one chance of making effective communication and attempting to ensure that the young person can return home. The work with parents / carers includes a multitude of strategies, planned & delivered to meet the individual needs of each family.

Family Intervention Includes:

  • Identify challenging behaviour & trigger points
  • Enabling the parents to distinguish the difference between the behaviours & young person
  • Supporting parents to positively re-engage with young person
  • Diversion / distraction / involvement techniques;
  • Identifying House Rules / Boundaries;
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Attention seeking behaviour avoidance strategies
  • Praise & Reward
  • Consequences
  • Consistency
  • Communication
  • Signposting
  • Routines
  • Team Parenting
  • Self confidence / self esteem building
  • Independence Guidance
  • Child development –expectation
  • Own parenting experiences & reflection
  • Negotiation skills & Mediative work
  • Implementing; Every Child matters & applying the “Assessment Framework”

Referral procedures

If you are currently experiencing difficulties with your teenager’s behaviour or feel that communication has broken down between you, there is support out there. Family mediation and referrals into the Family Intervention Service, part of Children's Services can be offered at your local council or other housing support service. For contact information on your local services Click Here

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