When working with children or young people, the My World Triangle is used at every stage to think about the whole world of the child or young person.
It is particularly helpful to use the My World Triangle to gather more information from other sources (some of it possibly specialist), to identify the strengths or wellbeing concerns in the child or young person’s world. This may include information about health or learning, offending behaviour or information about issues affecting parenting.
For example, under ‘How I grow and develop’, both Named Person or Lead Professional and the child or young person are offered prompts and statements designed to encourage them to examine their learning and development and family life.
The My World Triangle supports practice that considers the child or young person’s needs and risks, as well as the positive features in their lives. Strengths and wellbeing concerns are given equal consideration and can be structured around the triangle. Information gathered should be proportionate and relevant to the issues in hand. In many cases, it will not be necessary to explore every area of the triangle in detail but only to look at those immediately relevant. However, it is still important to keep the child or young person’s whole world in mind and provide immediate help where necessary while continuing assessment.
Using the My World Triangle allows practitioners to consider systematically:
- how the child or young person is growing and developing
- what the child or young person needs from the people who look after him or her
- the impact of the child or young person’s wider world of family, friends and community
Diagrams expanding on the three sides of the My world triangle:
How I grow and develop
What I need from people who look after me
My wider world