We are highly experienced team of social work professionals with extensive experience spanning over 30 years in the substance misuse recovery, parenting and child protection field.
We are passionate about making a positive difference and work alongside recovery/care experienced individuals, some of whom volunteer with us as family mentors to mentor and support our families working towards change as well as qualified and trained family support supervisors to facilitate quality time between families, where the parent is separated from the child.
We adopt the latest evidence-based models, using a strength-based focus to practice to help parents identify and use tools to make long lasting changes.
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
- Parents over the age of 18 years - with or without the care of their children
- Pregnant mothers
- Children from the age of 4 years and over (creche facility for under 2 years)
WHY CHOOSE US?
Cost-effective and real value for money
Parents can access recovery focussed interventions while also engaging in safeguarding parenting/psychological assessments, offering a coordinated approach, reducing the number of different appointments and agencies the parent/child needs to engage in, in turn reducing the overall cost to the family and public purse.
A residential facility with the care of the child is also available, where community interventions are not suitable; reducing the additional cost of alternative foster/kinship care arrangements and minimising further disruption.
Flexible approach, adaptable to individual needs
The decision to make changes in one’s life can be difficult and sometimes pre-intervention mentoring can assist families. A team of trained and experienced family mentors are on hand to befriend and build positive relationships, helping and empowering families to make positive change.
Our 12-week assessment and intervention programme is adaptable and is based upon the specific needs of the presenting family, in discussion with the professional network to achieve the best outcomes for each child and family.
Empowering families to make positive changes
We work with the whole family and encourage parents to maintain the routine and care of their children during interventions, unless this is not considered safe. Children can be placed with their parent as part of the residential programme; minimising the emotional disruption to the child.
We offer family group conferences towards the end of the therapeutic programme helping prepare the parent to work with their family to maintain behavioural and lifestyle changes in the long term. Family group conferences can also be offered as a separate service.
A child-centred approach
Advocacy and mentoring ensures each family engaged in the programme receives regular support at each phase of intervention. Programme times are family friendly, minimising disruption to family routine which also forms a key part of every assessment.
Parents are encouraged to write their own child protection narrative to support assessments of parental capacity to change, keeping the child at the centre, helping parents to demonstrate their own learning and relapse prevention strategies.
WHAT WE DO
Solace 12-week Rolling Day Programme
Solace Programme is an intensive community-based 12 week rolling day programme for parents with substance misuse concerns who are seeking to maintain the full-time care of their children.
- An eclectic range of psychological and psychosocial interventions as part of a therapeutic package of care, including 12 step approach, cognitive-behavioural therapies adopting a strength-based systems approach.
- Our parenting assessment and intervention programme forms a key part of the overall approach, where we support parents in presenting a child protection self-disclosure report to the therapeutic community to encourage the recovery process and demonstrate increased insight around risk management and relapse prevention. This is shared with professionals involved with the family, at the consent of the parent.
- Progress reports are provided on a monthly basis to professionals and an independent social work assessment report is provided at the conclusion of the programme to inform future support and highlight continuing risks for both parent and child.
WHAT WE DO
Mentoring, Advocacy and Aftercare support
Aftercare is offered to parents who have successfully completed a 12-week treatment programme whether residential or community and would benefit from ongoing support. Mentoring and coaching are available as bespoke individual programmes of support based on the child or adult’s respective needs. Advocacy is also available with a team of experienced advocates trained in supporting families in crisis dealing with a range of needs.
WHAT WE DO
Guided/Structured Parental Contact Supervision
An experienced team of family support supervisors offer oversight and supervision as well as incorporating guided support for children to spend quality time with their non-resident parent, where deemed appropriate. A report is provided for each session.
WHAT WE DO
We also accept instructions on a range of issues for the following :-
- Expert witness ISW parenting assessments, including PAMs – 6-8 weeks completion from LOI (8-12 weeks with PAMs)
- Viability and Connected Persons/Family and Friends assessments
- Sibling assessments
- Immigration assessments
- Section 7 reports CVs available upon request.
Support you can count on!
To enquire about our services or to make a referral, please contact us:
0208 895 6276