Restating the duty of care to children young people and their parents
By recalibrating the psychodynamic approach, we move away from an individual problem-based approach, towards an interactive therapeutic model that provides the opportunity to explore the meaning of behaviour by integrating the intra-psychic, the interpersonal and the systemic domains. This model takes as its starting point that the professional’s duty of care with respect to the behaviour of the child and young person in the first instance, is always to uncover meaning and context. Further, professionals have a duty of care to parents and caregivers. This recognises that the most enduring therapeutic outcomes involve not only a shift or change in the child or young person, but also an essential shift in the parents’ perspective of themselves. We also need to recognise that at the societal level, parents and families as well as professionals struggle to negotiate the white water of rapid social change. Contemporary families are constituted as never before in a variety of different ways with respect to parenting and child rearing, and there is always a time lag between how people configure their lives and the services that try to catch up with them. In addition, the great beast of technology has transformed the way many of us live in the West providing us with apparent limitless opportunities, but also intruding into areas of our lives that need protection and privacy.