Securing Change: The essential information
St Michael's offers support to parents who have stayed at our residential family assessment centres regardless of their present situation. Securing Change is a project to ensure support is available once families leave.
Our Securing Change Practitioner
Ann-Marie is our practitioner who has over 15 years of experience including social work and working with families.
Ann-Marie is aware of the difficult situations people can face:
"I am not here to critise, I am here to help" Ann-Marie, Securing Change Practitioner
What is it?
Securing Change offers support to families who have stayed at our residential family assessment centres - whatever their present situation.
"Securing Change took my phone call, came to my home, laughed with me, gave me space when I needed to cry and celebrated the new milestones in my life. I have to walk the path all by myself, but I needed help at first to get on the right path.” - Mother
- Practical support: We help with finding housing, helping with benefits and access to health services.
- Emotional support: We help parents deal with their feelings after the assessments.
- Going forward: We help guide and support new learning, providing access to resources for returning back into the community.
Who is it for?
This service is available for all parents who have spent time in our residential homes.
Why does this programme exist?
This programme exists to embed positive changes, for practical and emotional support.
- We know that parents often need extra support after leaving residential centres.
- We provide an extra support network that can help make a difference
- We want to help parents continue with the changes they started during their stay with us to help secure change!
When and where does this programme happen?
This is available towards the end of parent's time at St Michael's to prepare for life back into the community. We offer continued support after leaving our residential centres.
Securing Change is offered as 1-1 support, over the phone or through online services. This service is available as parents seek support.
How much does this service cost?
There is no charge for parents for this service.
The need for Securing Change:
“I lost my boys, I needed help and I just… I had love there but I felt numb, I just… it felt like I couldn’t love again, and that was it, really… I needed some kind of support to make me feel like I could again… it’s taken me six years to do that, it could have been quicker if I had the counselling…” - Mother
'Recurrent care proceedings' refers to situations where mothers have taken more than one child into care at different times. Extensive research has been conducted oh how quickly mothers are involved in court proceedings again with their subsequent child after their child has been removed from their care. There are various projects addressing such issues across the country in which St Michael's is monitoring and learning from.
We want to understand everyone's experience and the support they are seeking. Therefore St Michael's have completed a research project in partnership with Middlesex University in regards to mothers who have had previous children removed before they visit us with their current child.
How does Securing Change help:
Each parent’s situation is different and so is our approach. What works for each parent is different so our team is happy to talk about that. We want to make sure parents get the best possible help so we may:
- Attend meetings with social workers and other professionals
- Help with getting benefits in place
- Provide budgeting advice
- Assist with booking appointments
- Arrange online training courses
- Help with accommodation and furnishings
"Every client is different. I treat each client as an individual, that’s the only way it can work.” Ann-Marie, Securing Change Practitioner
The difference Securing Change makes
- Parents are able to resolve past issues
- Have better-coping strategies in crises
- Relationships are healthier
- Parents feel able to access general services, local groups, and training.
How we evaluate Securing Change
Securing Change is being evaluated by the Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies (CATS) at Middlesex University.
We are most grateful for funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, The Philip King Charitable Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, The Tudor Trust, KPMG Foundation, The Elizabeth and Prince Zaiger Trust, other trusts and individual donors to pilot this work.
If you would like more information or would like to talk to someone, please contact us at email first of all. Tell us how you'd like us to contact you back and we'll do our best to reply as soon as possible.