Home Visitation Practice

Elements of Home Visitation Practice

  • Personalized and flexible, relevant to families' circumstances and culturally sensitive
  • Built around long-term, ongoing relationships based on genuine concern and honesty
  • Holistic in responding to the diverse aspects of people's lives: their healthy, relationships, sense of belonging, economic factors, healthy child development, cultural aspects and legal considerations
  • Reflective in nature
  • Complementary to the work of other professionals and agencies.

Beliefs that Guide Home Visitation Practice

  • Belief in the importance and value of families
  • Belief that everybody has within them the ability to change and grow
  • Belief that people know what they need and that, given the opportunity and information, they have the ability to make good choices for themselves and their families
  • Belief that information and education are important aspects of decision making
  • Belief that a supportive practice is based on relationships of mutual respect, trust, confidentiality and non-judgmental interaction

Principles of Home Visitation Practice

  • Involves working with families in the natural environment of their homes and family lives, in real situations as they happen
  • Work is holistic, encompassing the whole family and diverse aspects of its members' lives
  • Recognizes and builds on the power of relationships
  • Focuses on peoples' strengths and their abilities to make good decisions that enhance their lives and their lives of family members
  • Includes connecting families in supportive and meaningful ways with other resources in the community, including supportive groups

Resource: Exploring Best Practice in Home Visitation, A Project of Partners for Best Practice in Home Visitation, Edmonton, AB, Canada