Let’s talk about Children (LT)

The aim of the Let's talk -intervention is to build a shared understanding between parents, the child and other important persons in the child's life and to find ways of working together to promote wellbeing and prevent problems. A crucial purpose in the LT -process is to make the child's everyday life as good as possible at home, in early childhood education, in school and leisure environments (so-called development environments), taking into account the child's specific needs and life situations.

Let’s talk about children Intervention (LT)

The LT -model is a structured although flexible way of talking about the everyday life of the child at home, in early education or school settings and leisure time, and to find ways to build resiliency. The process is based on log books (see below). 

The Let’s talk about Children (LT) -intervention is a two-step model: 1. the LT-discussion and 2. The LT network meeting.

The first step of the LT Intervention

The LT discussion – usually conducted in one or two sessions - depicts the child’s ordinary day in all developmental contexts and an action plan is made with parents to enhance the identified strengths and to give support in vulnerabilities. 

When LT is carried out the intervention In early education or schools the child may participate, when LT is used in services of different kind, the work starts with the parents. 

The second step of the LT Intervention

When the action plan is difficult to carry out without further participants, the LT-Network meeting is planned with parents (and sometimes also the child). LT-Network meeting provides a forum for case- based cross-sectoral collaboration, including also the families and their social network. 

The LT Intervention is implemented in two different kinds of environments

LT in early education and school settings

  • The LT is used to build a comprehensive understanding of the child and his/her situation in everyday life, and to plan actions based on the understanding. LT is a tool for both the parents and e.g. teachers. The aim is to build a collaborative relationship based on respect and mutual support.
  • When the everyday of the child needs more support, the discussion continues into creating network around the child and their family (the Network meeting).  

LT in different services

  • The LT in adult services takes as a starting point the issues that bring the parent to seek help in the services. The LT offers parents an opportunity to reflect on the family situation and to find ways to support the child in the everyday life of the child (action plan).
  • In children’s services, the LT is used to deepen the understanding about the child’s and family’s everyday life and current situation and aim at providing support for parents.
  • When the everyday of the child needs more support, the discussion continues into creating network around the child and their family (the Network meeting). 

Building the Let’s talk Service model in a municipality context

Through a systematic implementation of LT in a municipality setting it is possible to build a LT service system model to overcome the fragmentation of services and lack of common goals – an usual obstacles for integrated approaches in health, social, and educational services.  

An infrastructure for collaboration, decision making, monitoring, training, and feedback is established, embracing health, social and educational services, and other stakeholders. 

The first results of such a LT Service model are promising, showing an appreciable decrease in referrals to child protection services, although further research with longer follow-up and across other municipalities is needed. 

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The logs - will soon be published in English