Maxine is an 18-year old mother with a seven month old daughter. Maxine was a looked after child because her mother was an alcoholic who neglected and harmed her. As a young adolescent, Maxine was sexually exploited by older men and had poor mental health. She was a heavy cannabis user. Before...

empty moses basket

Securing Change

For many years we have been troubled by the lack of any support for mothers leaving our residential family assessment service without their child.  Without this support, many soon become pregnant again and may then lose their next baby to...

mother and child

Where the risk to children in a family can be managed in the community,it may be appropriate to carry out a community-based family assessment. This is a major advantage if parents or children are affected by a physical or learning disability, and moving to a different place could affect the...

room in St Michael's house

"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...

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