Timely comprehensive and appropriate specialist assessments of parenting capacity which allow robust decisions about children’s futures to be made within the shortest possible timescales
Symbol provides skilled, multi-disciplinary assessment of families where there is concern over their ability to parent their children. Our emphasis is on the presenting needs and safety of children within each family. Over the years 2009-2011 Symbol assessed over 480 families.
Each family works with a multidisciplinary ASSESSMENT TEAM, the members of which each bring unique skills and specialisms to the assessment, and a small SUPPORT TEAM who facilitate care of the child or children. During the assessment parents develop and maintain their primacy of care with their own child whilst the underlying nature of that care and the effects of skilled intervention upon parenting abilities is assessed; in essence we are considering parenting potential.
The Symbol Family Service Assessment Team includes a Specialist Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Senior Social Workers, Specialist Speech and Language Therapists and a Specialist Health Visitor. These personnel undertake the primary assessment, identify key targets for change and specific intervention strategies, work with clients in individual and group sessions, undertake structured and informal observations and monitor change in the parents. The Assessment Team then prepares reports for court proceedings.
We aim to develop skills in the adults we work with to enable them to live more successfully within the community; to care for themselves, to maintain their financial position, to budget, to cook, to maintain a healthy, happy environment both for themselves and for their families as they grow. Many of our families do not benefit from good extended family support, and part of our role is to determine the support that may be required to replace this.
Whether our service is provided at our residential unit or in the community, we are able to build a supportive environment where children and parents are given the maximum opportunity to enable the Professional Team to make sound robust decisions for their future.
Enquiries and referrals are welcome in respect of preliminary, full and accelerated assessments, all of which can be undertaken on a residential or community basis.