Parenting Support

We will try to determine at assessment the level of input that is needed regarding support for parenting needs. We will liaise with key professionals already working with the family to help build a picture.

We are experienced in working with families across the spectrum of social care involvement; whilst there are core elements of the programme that all residents participate in, individual care plans will be developed to ensure that the inclusion of additional support / interventions is appropriate.

Parenting Observations

We carry these out in order to establish any areas where extra support might be needed; i.e. bedtime routine, play, handling.

1-2-1 Support

All children have a nominated nursery Key worker. Mothers are offered 1-2-1 sessions with them to discuss any issues and concerns and agree Care and Action Plans. Support and assistance is offered with implementing routine, positive play and behaviours. We aim to empower the mother to use coping mechanisms and strategies effectively.

Mum and child play sessions

Devised by nursery, these bespoke interventions are designed to target a particular area of difficulty – resident and child are given specific activities to undertake.

Child’s Lifeline presentation

Mums are asked to prepare a ‘Children’s Lifeline’ whereby they examine in details the impact of her alcohol misuse and relationships upon her children from the perspective of the child.

Local Links

As well as a range of health care providers who attend on site (Health visitor / baby massage / Specialist mid wife) we encourage our mothers and children to access different groups within the community.

Residents will be supported in going to various local mother and baby groups; age and stage dependent

Reporting progress

We will ensure that all professionals are informed about progress in placement. We will set at the outset, the dates for preparing written reports.
We have a standard series of topics that we cover in our reports. 

They are:

  • Maternal Progress
  • Drug / Alcohol Use
  • Groups Attended
  • Personal Work Presented
  • Therapeutic Engagement / Insight
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Health
  • Financial
  • Employment / Education / Training
  • Resettlement / Move on
  • Incidents / Disciplinary
  • Resident’s Feedback on progress
  • Child
  • Physical Picture of Child
  • Health
  • Physical Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Intellectual Development
  • Social Development
  • Language Development
  • Play and interaction
  • Response to parents
  • Response to siblings (if applicable)
  • Parenting Skills
  • Motivation
  • Feeding/mealtimes
  • Handling/ Physical Contact
  • Routines
  • Play and interaction
  • Safety
  • Cleanliness and hygiene
  • Home conditions and environment
  • Response to child’s health needs
  • Bath / bedtime
  • Setting and maintaining boundaries (if appropriate to age)
  • Response to child’s emotional needs
  • Relationship with child


  • Positives
  • Risk factors/concerns
  • Conclusions and Analysis of Observations
  • Future Recommendations