The Family Partnership Model is an innovative approach based upon an explicit model of the helping process that demonstrates how specific helper qualities and skills, when used in partnership, enable parents and families to overcome their difficulties, build strengths and resilience and fulfil their goals more effectively.
The Family Partnership Model is an evidence-based method the effectiveness of which has been demonstrated through a number of research trials conducted by the Centre as well as independent randomised trials. The findings of these trials indicate positive benefits to the developmental progress of children (e.g. Davis & Rushton, 1991; APIP, 1998), parent-child interaction (Barlow et al, 2007; Puura et al, 2005) and the psychological functioning of parents, families and children (e.g. Davis & Rushton, 1991; Davis & Spurr, 1998).
The Family Partnership Model has played a pivotal role in consolidating and developing our service. The impact of the FPM training was so significant that it contributed to wider training of the Children’s Services workforce in the borough. Wandsworth 2010
The Model and its implications are described fully in the key text (Davis & Day, 2010); this book may be helpful to practitioners, managers and commissioners who work with families, parents and their children. In addition to this a more condensed version of the model is described in the Reflective Practice Handbook (Day, C. & Davis, H. 2009). Further, the Family Partnership Foundation Training is described fully in the revised Facilitators Training Manual (Day, C. & Davis, H. 2009a). All materials are supplied in the Family Partnership Training Programme.
A range of preventative and early intervention services and initiatives have been developed and implemented based upon the Family Partnership Model in the UK, Europe and Australasia. These include work with Sure Start Children’s Centres and Extended Schools, the Health-Led Parenting Programme, the national training for Early Support and Pathfinder Intervention for children at risk of developing anti-social behaviour as well as individual primary care and mental heath NHS trusts, children’s services, education and social care departments and voluntary agencies.