“A magical relationship with her baby"

A childhood of abuse and neglect during which a young mum had watched violence in her family home countless times left her frozen, speaking in a low monotone voice. She seemed unable to respond to any attempts by her baby to catch her attention. 

Elaine* was a very young mother who came to St Michael’s for a residential parenting assessment because there were serious concerns about her ability to care for her new baby. 

Young parents groups this Autumn

Our Lambeth young parents groups are back on for Autumn. Our groups give young parents a safe and welcoming place to come with their children. They won't be judged and our team will be on hand if they have any problems or need help. 

"I didn’t say anything for ages, but I listened.  It helped with the depression.  Then one day, after a particular conversation, Michelle [the young parent practitioner] said to me, “I can see you have issues.”  I started to speak and I went on and on.  You couldn’t shut me up."

Molly's internship at St Michael's

Molly, a history student at the University of Sussex, has just finished her summer internship at St Michael's. Here is what she had to say about her time here:

My 8 week internship has flown by at St Michael’s. This internship provided me with an interesting and varied role whilst allowing me the freedom to come up with my own marketing ideas. It has also given me a valuable insight into the charity sector and the impact of St Michael’s on the people it works with.

Interview with one of our Family Assessment Practitioners

“Without this opportunity, professionals may not realise a parent’s potential and families may be separated when they don’t need to be.”

Ellie, one of our Family Assessment Practitioners, talks about her work and the importance of St Michael’s Residential Assessments in ensuring the best futures for children and families, and how St Michael’s is fundraising to create a sensory room for vulnerable babies and young children. 


A powerful reminder of how we change people's lives

Here we talk to Clare* about her life growing-up. She tells us about reluctantly coming to our DIVA group for young mums affected by domestic abuse.

Clare was violent towards her own mum

After witnessing domestic violence as a child, she thought it was an acceptable way to behave, regularly attacking her mum as a teenager. Clare was referred to St Michael's by social workers when she had a baby 5 years ago. At the time she was 16 and being domestically abused by her long-term boyfriend but she couldn't see it or see herself as a victim.

Our 'Success Rate'

“What’s your success rate?”

It’s a question many people ask.  I asked it myself when I joined St Michael’s. How many families from our residential houses go home after their stay with us with their child?

And one answer is: between a third and two thirds. Some years it’s higher than others.

The other answer is: 100%. Because the measure of success is a child or children’s future safety and wellbeing. Our duty is always to the child.