"Like walking into a trap"

It can feel like they are walking into traps

“Their attitude is a habit, can I put it that way?  It’s hard to change a habit, to change your whole way of thinking and way of talking. And then you walk into these professional meetings where they are judging everything. From the way you smell,  the way you look, the way you talk, your posture, the way you present yourself, how sincere you are sounding, or not.“

Welcoming start to what can be a tough and thorough process

The vast majority of families we have in our residential assessment centres are either on benefits or on very low incomes.

Arriving at our houses can be a very daunting experience for families. Sometimes they have little or no money. They have been sent here under very difficult circumstances to have their parenting abilities fully assessed. They are walking into alien environment with people they don’t know, to go through a difficult and challenging process. 

Goodbye India the intern

“They made sure I got the most out of my time here and instilled a confidence within me”

After 10 weeks, we said goodbye to our intern India Bigg.

A graduate in American Studies from University of Sussex, with a passion for helping women and not eating animals, she brought with her lots of energy and enthusiasm and we will miss her.

Silver Recycling Award

Recycling company First Mile have awarded us their Silver Certificate, recognising the work we've put into making our organisation more eco repsonsible in the past year.  

We're also well on the way to being 100% carbon neutral for our electricity supplies.  Next stop, gas!


Favourite apps for supporting parents with learning difficulties

Tech is offering the parents we work with even more ways to learn about child development, parenting skills and to build their confidence.  

Hannah, the Deputy Manager, at our Residential Assessment House that specialises in supporting parents with learning difficulties, tells us about some of her favourites:

A big hello to the newest members of our team…

We just wanted to introduce you to some of our new team members. 

Fozia Drysdale is our new Service Manager Young Parents

Will be helping us make a difference to even more young parents and children. She’ll be sniffing out new opportunities and inspiring the rest of the team into action.

Fozia’s background is in probation and group work. She has lots of experience of working with men involved in domestic abuse and their families.  

Tackling domestic abuse and creating caring young dads

Why do young fathers, who have been in abusive relationships, need a specialised Caring Dads programme?

Teenage domestic abuse is a huge issue. It’s also massively under reported. Research shows that 1 in 5 teenagers has been physically abused by their partner. (Barter 2009.)

Our own records show, over a quarter of the young parents we work with say there are issues of domestic abuse. Our team’s experience, when we get to know the young people, is that the figure is much higher with it affecting three in four of these relationships.

'Securing Change' starts in May

Our project to provide dedicated & peer support for mothers leaving our residential service without their child now has three years funding through the Big Lottery, four other trusts and individual donors. Work starts next month.  Thank you to all who've helped get this vital work up and running. 

Read more about the project here