The word we use in French, my mother tongue, is “accompagnement familial”. “Accompagner” – accompany in English – means to go along the path with a person, to escort her. In French, the word implies so much more. It means to respect the pace of the person, to choose the destination and the way with her, to accept the time she might need to get there.
Family support exists to help families who are facing a particularly intense or difficult educational, emotional or logistical situation.
WHAT IS IT NOT ?
To support you does not mean to assist you, but to make you feel secure, so that you can experience evolutions and changes in your life calmly.
To support does not imply to impose a direction, but to guide, to suggest a way forward according to the path you choose for your family.
To support does not involve telling you what to do, but to search for solutions with you.
The principles and definitions have been formulated thanks to the excellent work on support by Maela Paul, Doctor in Educational Sciences.
Biography (available in French):
PAUL Maela 2016, La démarche d’accompagnement, repères méthodologiques et ressources théoriques. Perspectives éducation & Formation. De Boeck Supérieur.
PAUL Maela, 2004, L’accompagnement : une posture professionnelle spécifique, Paris, L’Harmattan.