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THE MARLBOROUGH FAMILY SERVICE Parenting and Family Assessments 38 Marlborough Place, St John’s Wood London NW8 OPJ Tel: 020 7624 8605 Fax: 020 7328 2185 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust Assessments address the following areas of family functioning and parenting: Who Can Use us? Families where – Practical parenting Attachment 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 parenting 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 Extended family Cultural and ethnicity issues Parents’ ability to protect children How to refer Parents’ ability to parent in the long term and other permanency issues 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 Contact issues 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. Gender issues 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. meeting is: 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. the family. 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. the assessment. • 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. a pre-assessment. • Home based and community work. • Morning attendance at the Marlborough Family School. Cost 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.
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