Donate

Overview

Our specialist multi-disciplinary team undertakes assessments of whole families where children are on the edge of care or in care-proceedings and makes recommendations about care, contact and therapy and support needs. Whole family assessments pre- or during care proceedings including exploration of parenting capacity, adult psychiatric, attachment, trauma, cognitive and neurodevelopmental functioning and needs. Packages of therapy can be commissioned for children, young people and their parents, carers and whole families following family trauma including abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, domestic abuse or homicide), neglect, traumatic loss, or separation.

Options

Family trauma assessments

Overview 

The team undertakes whole family assessments pre- or during care proceedings including exploration of parenting capacity, adult psychiatric, attachment, trauma, cognitive and neurodevelopmental functioning and needs. We also accept referrals for assessment of therapeutic needs of children post care-proceedings when they are placed in foster care, residential care or with adoptive parents.

Costs 

For third-party funders, the cost of this work is charged at £200.00 per hour per clinician. For parties in receipt of Legal Aid Agency (LAA) funding, we adhere to LAA rates. From the information you provide in the enquiry form, the team will be able to determine the most suitable package of work and we will be able to provide you with specific information including timescales and any associated costs for the work. 

Contact us 

To make a referral to this service, please complete our online enquiry form: https://forms.office.com/r/vt3WA2t811.

We do operate on a first-come first-serve basis from when we receive formal Instruction of the work. In the first instance, however, we would ask for the enquiry form to be completed by both parties.

Family trauma treatment

Overview

Packages of individual and family therapy following care proceedings, while children are in the care of the local authority and with families affected by trauma but where safety has been established  

  • Consultation to networks and organisations working with family trauma  
  • Supervision to teams and organisations working with family trauma 
  • Training to individuals and teams undertaking these assessments 

Cost 

For third-party funders, the cost of this work is charged at £200.00 per hour per clinician. From the information you provide in the enquiry form, the team will be able to determine the most suitable package of work and we will be able to provide you with specific information including timescales and any associated costs for the work. 

Contact us  

To make a referral to this service, please complete our online enquiry form: https://forms.office.com/r/vt3WA2t811.

We do operate on a first-come first-serve basis from when we receive formal Instruction of the work. In the first instance, however, we would ask for the enquiry form to be completed by both parties. 

Contact and Residence Dispute court assessment

Overview

The Contact and Residence Disputes team is a multidisciplinary team with professional expertise including family therapy, social work, child and adult psychiatry and clinical psychology. The team have developed and delivers complex assessment and interventions for parents in conflict, often involved with the family courts. Our therapeutic assessment model aims to support families where one or more of the below issues are relevant: 

  • Disagreements or concerns about contact 
  • Contact with one parent has not taken place for a long time 
  • Disagreements about where a child should live 
  • Significant concerns about the impact of ongoing parental acrimony and/ or legal proceedings on children 

The team can be instructed by the court to make recommendations about contact and residence and to help families for whom other interventions have failed, move forward, reducing the negative impact of separation and ongoing parental disputes on their children. 

Where families are in court proceedings, the structured assessment aims to answer all questions detailed in the letter of instruction in a systematic manner. 

It usually takes 12 weeks from the initial appointment to filing the report. 

All sessions will be fixed at the outset, and will involve at least 3 individual meetings with each family member and additional meetings in various combinations (e.g. parental couple, sibling session, mother and children, contact preparation, father and children). 

It will entail a comprehensive court report at the end, which will answer all questions set out in the Letter of Instruction (LOI). 

Assessments can include some or all of following (where requested in the LOI); 

  • Psychological functioning 
  • Family functioning 
  • Parenting capacity 
  • Cognitive functioning 
  • Recommendations about therapeutic support required to move family forward 
  • Identifying barriers to contact and /or reintroducing contact 
  • Recommendations regarding child placement or child contact arrangements 
  • Psychiatric assessment of adults (where requested) 

After the submission of the report, we may recommend therapeutic work 

Costs 

For privately paying families and third-party funders, the cost of this work is charged at £200.00 per hour per clinician. For parties in receipt of Legal Aid Agency (LAA) funding, we adhere to LAA rates. From the information you provide in the enquiry form, the team will be able to determine the most suitable package of work and we will be able to provide you with specific information including timescales and any associated costs for the work. 

The therapeutic model we employ involves the presence of two therapists for many of the sessions. The rationale for this is that two people are better able to manage the complex dynamics and divides in families who are struggling around issues of contact between parents and children. While it is moderately more expensive in the short term, we have found that it leads to more effective and efficient change in the long term. 

Contact us

To make a referral to this service, please complete our online enquiry form: https://forms.office.com/r/vt3WA2t811.

We do operate on a first-come first-serve basis from when we receive formal Instruction of the work. In the first instance, however, we would ask for the enquiry form to be completed by both parties.

Contact and Residence Dispute court recommended therapy

Overview 

The Contact and Residence Disputes team is a multidisciplinary team with professional expertise including family therapy, social work, child and adult psychiatry and clinical psychology. The team have developed and delivers complex assessment and interventions for high conflict parents, primarily involved with the family courts.  

The team can be instructed by the court to undertake therapy as recommended at assessment stage, either by ourselves or by another assessment provider. We also accept referrals from parents, carers and professionals to work with families who are not currently in court proceedings.  

Working therapeutically with family and parents to achieve the aims outlined in the Letter of Instruction (LOI), for example; 

  • Facilitate better communication between parents, 
  • Facilitate better co-parenting 
  • Improve relationship between children and non-resident parent 
  • Reinstate contact with children and non-resident parent 
  • The aims of the treatment will be outlined in the LOI (as with an assessment) but there is more flexibility to change the structure of the appointment sessions depending on the focus of the work (i.e. more parental couple sessions if this is needed, or more sessions with parent and child, or more individual sessions, etc.). 
  • If you have not had a full assessment with us already, it will involve an initial ‘therapeutic assessment’ to assess how the family will engage and use therapy, and inform what the type of therapy we think will be helpful.  
  • It will be reviewed after 12 sessions to see what progress is being made, after which we will provide a summary report (of just a few pages) outlining how the therapy has been used by the family, any barriers to the work and recommendations for further work. 
  • It will not systematically address items in the way a court assessment would, but it may comment on some aspects of this as appropriate (depending on what the LOI states and what comes up in the work) 

Costs 

For privately paying families and third-party funders, the cost of this work is charged at £200.00 per hour per clinician. From the information you provide in the enquiry form, the team will be able to determine the most suitable package of work and we will be able to provide you with specific information including timescales and any associated costs for the work.

The therapeutic model we employ involves the presence of two therapists for many of the sessions. The rationale for this is that two people are better able to manage the complex dynamics and divides in families who are struggling around issues of contact between parents and children. While it is moderately more expensive in the short term, we have found that it leads to more effective and efficient change in the long term. 

Contact us 

To make a referral to this service, please complete our online enquiry form: https://forms.office.com/r/vt3WA2t811.

We do operate on a first-come first-serve basis from when we receive formal Instruction of the work. In the first instance, however, we would ask for the enquiry form to be completed by both parties. 

Contact us

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We’d also like to set optional analytics to help us improve it. We won’t set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page


Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.


Analytics cookies

We’d like to set non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our Cookies page. If you are 16 or under, please ask a parent or carer for consent before accepting.