9 principles for supporting families and communities

Sustaining Community

caravan parkIn 2006 I helped facilitate a national forum for family and community workers supporting permanent residents of caravan parks. Through the forum we identified nine principles of promising practice for working with permanent residents of caravan parks. These principles, however, have much broader relevance. This and the following posts will discuss each of the principles in turn. Even though they were written nearly 10 years ago, my subsequent work convinces me they are still as relevant today as when they were written.

The nine principles are:

  1. Services will make building strong relationships with residents a high priority
  2. Services will be flexible and creative
  3. Services will work with park management
  4. Services will build on the strengths of park communities
  5. Services will go to caravan parks
  6. Services will build strong partnerships and networks
  7. Services will advocate on behalf of residents
  8. Services will pay particular attention to the needs of children
  9. Services will have well-supported, skilled staff

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