Residential Family Assessment Centres: The essential information
What is it?
Our Residential Family Assessment service is used when a local authority may be concerned about the safety of a child living with their family. We assess parenting capabilities and offer support to reflect on and change behaviours. Families are supported by experienced staff. At the end of the assessment, we prepare a highly detailed, evidence based report for the court, making recommendations about what’s best for the child.
Who is it for?
‘Families’ may include two parents and a child or children, single parents and a child or children, civil partners and single sex partners. Parents may have learning disabilities, mental health issues and/or be very young.
“The placement offered security, safety and professional assessment to enable my family to be able to work to demonstrate the ability to meet their child’s needs and safeguard her appropriately. The child returned home in the care of her parents due to the intensive work completed with them to get them to face their limitations and appropriately address them.”
Why does this service exist?
This service assesses parenting capabilities and the potential for healthy changes. It provides an expert opinion where local authorities may have serious concerns about child safety.
How long is this programme for?
Most of our assessments last between 6-12 weeks.
When and where does it take place?
Assessments are commissioned by different local authorities in London and further afield. Our three centres each specialise in an area: learning difficulties, very young mothers, mental health issues and substance misuse.
“I was really scared when I first came as I had been somewhere like this before and I had my baby took off me. This place is so much nicer and you were honest with me. You lot told me what to do and I did it. Now I can leave with my kid and start a new life together.”
An insight into our family residential centres:
All homes include:
- Plenty of toys and equipment for children of all ages
- All centres have large beautiful gardens
- Each centre has its team: a manager, deputy and family assessment practitioners
- Staff have certain specialist areas of expertise with teams working closely to share this knowledge and to make sure all families staying with us are offered the best support.
Some centres may be slightly different in offering additional features: for example, some centres include sensory rooms or sensory gardens.
A tour of one of our centres:
This gives families an idea of what to expect at our homes.
“All our centres have been made to feel like a home. We feel this is an important part of helping families feel welcome”
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