It is really important that you stay in touch with your family, if that is possible, and this is what you and your family want. Your social worker and the people caring for you will help with the arrangements and do whatever they can. It may sometimes be referred to as ‘Family Time’. Your social worker will sort out visits, telephone calls and any other forms of communication with your family.
There are lots of different ways you can keep in touch with your family. You might have supervised phone calls on speakerphone to your family, with a carer or social worker in the room or you might have face-to-face family time:
- this might be in a Family Time Centre, where you can do different activities
with your family such as cooking, playing games or watching TV
- you might go out with your family to places like restaurants, bowling
or the cinema
- your carer might take you to meet your family and stay to make sure
everything is going well
Your social worker will decide how best to see your family. Sometimes, your social worker may decide that it is not safe for you to have family time with your birth family. If this is the case then they should tell you why. If you don’t know or understand why you cannot see your family, please don’t be afraid to ask.