Relationship Health Matters:  in Social Care

All successful journeys start with noticing new details that have been overlooked

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Relationship health is a key but often overlooked issue in the work of social care whether in the care of the young, vulnerable, or elderly

Though decades of research evidence has demonstrated that relationship health impacts likelihood of needs for social care involvement as well as healthy child development, mental health and physical health, recovery from trauma, and safer communities, the skills on which relationship health depends have not been anyone's priority. 

Our view is that all those involved in social care services with young people or with adults should have a basic understanding of Relationship Health principles and of the I Matter Framework.   We also believe that all social workers and community workers should be equipped with the skills to recognise, assess and support the development of relationship health skills in young people and adults including an understanding of the importance of roles in relationships 

This training need is to support
+ understanding of everyday practice issues
+ ability to recognise relationship illhealth presentations
+ ability to recognise relationship health needs and skills gaps in young people and adults
+ personal and professional wellbeing at work and
+ matters involving work-home life interactions.   

For this intention we would advise at least supported Level 1 training.   
Some will wish to progress to learning more or to certification for helping others.

Some teams will be interested in working with their local primary care networks and schools on the development of services that build skills.
Teams interested in taking forward the Relationship Health Skills Development Programme and Curriculum can join our network