Family Transition

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It is possible for practitioners to recognise that personal or particular transitions happen because of changes in family circumstances such as:- • Financial circumstances • Change in home environment or house move • Death of parent or close relative • Serious illness or disability of parent • Family break-up or divorce • Reconstituted family • Birth of sibling The different types of family structure and the factors, such as finance, cultural background and environment, which may affect families. A child who lives with one parent may not be experiencing transition as their circumstances remain the same but a child whose parents break-up will be in transition, at that stage in their life, as they come to terms with their new situation. Financial…show more content…
Where children live with one parent this may mean a change in carer and perhaps a move into residential or foster care. Serious illness or disability of a parent - In some families when a parent has a chronic or serious illness the lifestyle of the family is likely to change. The child may also need to help with the care of a parent, leaving less time for their school work, friends and hobbies. Family break-up or divorce - Family break-up or divorce can be a traumatic period in the life of many children. Both familiar routines and lifestyle will change. Children may be expected to become more independent when there is only one parent. Reconstituted families - A child’s life may change when a parent meets a new partner. A reconstituted family is where two separate families move in together to form a new family. Transition occurs as the child adapts to their new family…show more content…
This is essential if stability is to be maintained and the child is remain secure and stress free. In some cases outside help may be sought from professionals who are experts in their field and, once again, the child may experience differences in personnel and routines. A child who is already feeling unsure and insecure may experience added pressure if other professionals are introduced. This can affect their sense of belonging. It is important for practitioners to work closely with the child, their parents and other professionals in order to understand clearly both the child’s and the family’s needs and to build on their strengths and work through any problems effectively. Continuity of care is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life and it is this continuity which will ultimately make the child feel safe, secure and valued. It is extremely important that practitioners communicate effectively with everyone involved in the care of the child. A shared understanding of the requirements and strengths of both the child and their family is paramount and it is crucial to the child’s well-being and learning. This is particularly important for children with special
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