38 Marlborough Place, St John’s Wood
London NW8 OPJ
Tel: 020 7624 8605
Fax: 020 7328 2185
Central and North West London
Mental Health NHS Trust
Assessments address the following areas of family functioning and
Who Can Use us?
Families where – Practical parenting
Professionals have serious child protection concerns Partner relationship
Child’s emotional and cognitive state of mind
Parents experience their children as out of control/or with Adult’s ability to change
other emotional and behavioural difficulties Parent’s ability to provide emotional stimulation
Parent’s ability to adapt to child’s changing developmental
There is serious intra-familial violence or other serious needs
relationship difficulties Adult’s experience of being parented and its impact on her own
There is a history and/or suspicion of emotional, physical, Adult’s insight into own mental health / addiction issues and how
sexual child abuse and/or neglect these impact on parenting
Adults’ ability to work with professionals
Family’s social support network
Cultural and ethnicity issues
Parents’ ability to protect children
How to refer Parents’ ability to parent in the long term and other permanency
Families are usually referred by a variety of different professionals
Coping mechanisms and stress and anger management
such as social workers, guardians, solicitors and Courts. Anyone
wishing to use the service is welcome to telephone to discuss the
Therapeutic measures and other interventions
referral informally if required. The team on the unit are also available
Child’s emotional needs
for consultation or teaching events.
We are able to offer a whole range of Parenting and Family
Assessments. These are usually commissioned by Social
Professional and Family Network Meeting Services or Guardians to provide expert opinion in child care
cases. The assessments have therapeutic components, they are
This is the first meeting and will be convened by the referrer. It is multi-disciplinary and can include input from Child, Adolescent
usually held at the Marlborough Family Service and is attended by the and Adult Psychiatry, Adult and Child Psychotherapy, Psychology,
parents or carers, as well as all the professionals involved as well Education, Social Work, Family Therapy and Cross-Cultural
significant others involved in the family’s life. The purpose of this Consultation.
1. To map the professional network and understand their Each Family or Parenting Assessment is tailor-made to suit
relationships with each other and with the different members of individual cases with some or all of the following components.
2. To give the family the opportunity to hear how all the people in • Initial Network Meeting
their lives perceive their respective roles, and whether and to
what extent, they each see their involvement during the proposed • Out-patient assessment interviews and viability assessments.
family or parenting assessment.
3. For decisions to be made about focus, time-scale and viability of • Observation of contact.
• Weekly attendance in the Marlborough Family Day Unit, with
4. For the Team at the Unit to assess the suitability of the Family the possibility of a further attendance on a daily or weekly
Day Unit Intensive Treatment Programme. This may be subject to basis.
• Home based and community work.
• Morning attendance at the Marlborough Family School.
The hourly rate for assessment interviews, professional meetings and • Detailed final report, usually prepared for Courts.
writing of reports is £130 (subject to annual review). Written
confirmation of funding will be required prior to the Network Meeting,
which is charged at £500.