At Emerging Minds we strive to lead by example and ensure that we proactively include the voices of children and families in our work. Our goal is to support respectful partnerships that allow children and families to share with us their stories of strength, hope and resilience – as well as their challenges – to inform our work.
The purpose of this toolkit is to assist other organisations to develop and implement child and family partnership strategies across all areas of their work.
This toolkit was developed in partnership with children, families and professionals from the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative (2008–2016) and the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (2017–2018). The voices, narratives, and experiences of children and families heavily inform all aspects of this toolkit. It has been built on many years of working in this space.