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Your Family, Your Voice – An Alliance of families and practitioners working to transform the system

Your Family Your Voice Logo Family Rights Group is delighted that we have received funding from Lankelly Chase Foundation to develop Your Family, Your Voice – An Alliance of families and practitioners working to transform the system (formerly working title the Struggling Families Alliance). The 3 year programme of work which began in June 2014 is led by Family Rights Group with empirical research conducted by Professors Brigid Featherstone and Kate Morris.

  How to get involved?

  Invitation to apply to become Chair of Your Family, Your Voice Alliance (Microsoft Word)
  Become a member (family member) – join for free on-line
  Become a member (practitioners or academics) – join for free on-line
  Become involved as an organisation
  Take part in the Discussion Forum
  Complete the social work survey
  Attend our conference on Young Parents and the Child Welfare system

What will Your Family, Your Voice try to achieve?

The Alliance will work to:

  • Counter the stigma, negative presumptions and judgemental approaches to families whose children are subject to, or at risk of, state intervention by influencing how these families are perceived by the public and portrayed by the media and politicians;
  • Influence law, policy, practice and service design and delivery so that our child welfare, child mental health, youth justice and education systems promote effective human functioning and healthy relationships;
  • Enable these families to have a voice in policy and decision-making circles.

What are the goals of the Alliance?
What is the problem that the Alliance is trying to address?
Who makes up Your Family, Your Voice?
What is the work programme for the next 3 years?
The early development stages of the Alliance

The Your Family, Your Voice Alliance is conducting an on-line survey of social workers
We want to know your motivation for entering the profession, what aids or hinders job satisfaction, what approaches you have found effective in helping children and families and what changes you'd like to see implemented at national and local level. Please do complete the survey and promote it to colleagues. Initial survey findings were discussed at the Alliance meeting on 3rd June.

Becoming a member of Your Family, Your Voice
We are keen to encourage anyone who shares our values and purpose to join. Membership is free and you can commit as much or as little as you wish. You will also be invited to twice yearly events to which all members of the Alliance discuss where we are up to and to plan future work; other activities will include the setting up of regional groups and an on-line discussion board as well as working groups.

If you are a family member (be it a young person, a parent or carer) with experience of state intervention in the child or young person's life, then please complete this brief on-line form

All others who are interested (e.g. practitioners or academics)
please complete this brief on-line form.

If you would like to get involved or find out more information, please email Sean Haresnape sharesnape@frg.org.uk

Thank you to Lankelly Chase Foundation for funding Family Rights Group to develop the Alliance.