Residential, Day and Community Based Parenting Assessments
The Orchards specialises in assessments of young vulnerable parents and their children where there are child protection concerns and/or risks to the safety and well-being of the child/children. In addition we offer specialist assessments of parents who have Learning Disabilities and/or Substance Misuse issues.
Alongside the assessments process we offer support and intervention aimed at developing parenting skills, improving parenting capacity and preparation for independent living.
The National Minimum Standards, Common Assessment Framework and The Every Child Matters agenda underpin the assessment process. We work within the prescribed timescales of the New Public Law Outline and strive to ensure that the assessment is completed within the child’s timescales. The duration of the assessment is 12 weeks. However, we also offer prognostic assessments of six weeks duration if this is required in specific cases.
The Orchards works closely with the professional network involved with the family. In addition, we hold pre-admission planning meetings, six week review meetings, ten week indicator meeting and a Final Meeting at the end of the placement. A representative of The Orchards will attend Looked-After Reviews and Child Protection Conferences where applicable.