Importance of Parents and Carers Support and Their Implications on the Design and Delivery of Childrens Services

The emergence of carers’ critical roles in augmenting parental support continues to influence the design and delivery of services catered to children’s needs.The primary purpose of this essay is to critically analyze why support for parents and carers is considered to be important and to determine the implications that this may have for the way in which children’s services are designed and delivered.A parent is simply defined as a father or mother. one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child. a relative who plays the role of a guardian. (WordNet 2008) By the definition alone, other members of the immediate family who nurtures and raises a child, aside from the biological parents, are also considered under the term. Specifically, carers are defined in the information sheet on the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP) as a person who, through family relationship or friendship, looks after a frail older person or someone with a disability or chronic illness. Carers look after these people in the community or in their own homes (DoHA, 2006). Although the definition of a carer, in this regard, did not include nurturing or raising children, Leverett (2008) averred that carers…can include siblings, other family members and neighbours, as well as statutory and voluntary care provided by foster carers and residential care staff (p. 48).Due to the expanded roles identified as responsible for the children’s wellbeing, parental responsibility should be emphasized. Leverett (2008, p. 48) stipulated that parental responsibility governs all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child. The relevance of identifying person or persons considered as having parental responsibility in determining accountabilities in decision making regarding a child’s welfare.Parenting, being a multifaceted process, involves living with the child and performing discrete activities or physical tasks such as preparing food, buying and washing their clothes or liaising with health and education professionals.