Teamwork

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of each care team member
  • Describe the functioning of an effective team
  • Explain the carer role in promoting effective teamwork
  • Recognise the importance of problem solving skills in enhancing effective teamwork
  • Identify an effective communication style

The first session will provide participants with the opportunity to identify the people they work with to ensure the well being and safety of the children and young people in their care. It will explain the role and responsibilities of themselves as the carers and of the other members on the team. “You are one of our team and we’re here to help you. Our team is made up of all the people who surround the child to provide care, and all the significant people in the child’s life” – CYF Foster Care Handbook 2010

The second session explores how the participants consider the “ideal” care team would function. It will examine the types of barriers that may (and possibly do) get in the way of the ideal, as well as identifying key steps that the participants can themselves take to move closer to the ideal. In understanding steps to moving forward towards an “ideal” team, it is important that the participants are aware they can only influence their own contribution to the team. Managing this however may have an impact on the wider team’s functioning, and lead to their needs being better met.

The third session is aimed at supporting the participants in becoming more effective team members of their care team. It introduces the participants to a problem solving framework, and gives them an opportunity to apply the framework to an existing problem around their carer role.

The last session focuses on communication styles that will help participants to get the best results when approaching members of the care team: Caregiver Social Worker; the child’s social worker; doctors; teachers etc. This session will set out a clear framework of assertive communication – and will provide an opportunity for participants to practise these skills. The purpose of communication is to get your message across to others clearly. Doing this involves effort from both the sender of the message and the receiver. It’s a process that can be fraught with error, with messages often misinterpreted by the recipient. When this isn’t detected, it can cause tremendous confusion, wasted effort and missed opportunity.

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