How to prepare for meetings with your child's social worker

Sometimes, being organised can help make things go better. So it is a good idea to get your paperwork in order and be clear about what you hope to get out of meetings.

You might want to try to:

  • Keep all paper work in one place such as in a folder.
  • Keep a note of meeting times and dates.
  • Write down what you want to talk about at the meetings like questions you don’t want to forget to ask, or things you want to remember to tell the social worker.
  • Think about any changes that could make things easier for you. For example changing the time your social worker visits from the morning to the afternoon to avoid your child’s nap time.
  • Ask a friend for support.

Sometimes it also helps to talk over things with a trusted friend. This can help you work out what questions you want to ask before meeting with the social worker. If writing things out is difficult, a friend might be able to help you.

If you do not feel confident about speaking in English at the meeting ask the social worker if you can have an interpreter. If you would prefer to have a man or a woman to help you, tell this to the social worker.