What should I bear in mind when thinking about how and when to involve extended families?
Consider the early involvement of wider family members where this is safe for the mother and child, perhaps through a family group conference, to help bring the family network together to make safe plans for the child. This might include alternative potential care within the family where that may become necessary. Remember that statutory guidance on court orders and pre-proceedings recommends that wider family are identified as early as possible to support the child and help parents address difficulties and that Children’s Services should consider arranging an FGC where a child may not be able to remain at home before they become looked after - unless this places the child at risk. You can download this guidance from Statutory guidance on court orders and pre-proceedings.