In the City of Wolverhampton statutory and voluntary sector agencies have agreed to adopt a common approach to working with people and each other. All partners are committed to working with children and families in a way that is helpful, enables them to overcome adversities, builds on the strengths within their networks and creates better futures for families and communities.
In order to achieve this all agencies have agreed to adopt a restorative approach. By doing so, we will embed a set of values and beliefs that promote building equal and effective relationships with children, young people, families, carers, colleagues, organisations and communities.
A restorative approach supports a culture of high support and high challenge and has an emphasis of working with people, rather than doing things for them or to them. It enables practitioners to communicate their concerns and worries clearly from the foundation of a respectful and supportive relationship.
This restorative approach also extends to the relationships within and between organisations.
A range of processes and tools are used including informal and formal interventions. These processes are designed to support effective communication between practitioners, managers, children, families, organisations and communities.
Our partnership aim is to equip all partners in the city who are working with children and families with a common language and approach which will enable us to work even more effectively with each other in order to achieve even better outcomes. Wolverhampton Safeguarding Partnership has committed to support implementing this restorative approach and will review the impact and effectiveness on an annual basis.
All partner agencies will endeavour to: