WillisPalmer is proud to be a genuinely multi-disciplinary organisation with a network of highly experienced and trained expert social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and family support workers. With 18 years’ experience in the field, WillisPalmer is ideally placed to offer our multi-disciplinary family assessment (MFA) services to local authorities, courts and independent organisations.
Our multi-disciplinary approach proves timely, prevents delay and is cost-effective. Our assessments can also be tailored to your needs.
WillisPalmer’s Multi-Disciplinary Family Assessment service is a prime example of our professionals working together to address complex problems and keep families together where possible and safe to do so. Following a referral, WillisPalmer's multi-disciplinary team - which can comprise social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists or family support workers depending on need and the problems presented - work together to assess the family and their parenting capacity during an eight-week period. At the end of 8 to 10 weeks, a quality assured, evidence-based report is produced with advice and recommendations for the court.
Our unique, genuinely multi-disciplinary approach to the welfare of children and families aims to keep families together, safely, when children are on the edge of care. By working together as a team alongside families in their own homes, the multi-disciplinary family assessment model has proved to be cost-effective and the best outcomes for children are achieved within an 8 week time scale, reducing the time that professionals spend with families as well as resources and reducing the length of time of uncertainty for children and families.
The skills of a broad range of highly experienced experts are combined to offer a bespoke assessment of a family. The team examines the complex interpersonal relationships between family members to address any issues and ensure the best outcomes for children. Led by the Independent Social Worker, the entire assessment - including the final report with recommendations - is completed within an 8 to 10 week time-frame during which the families are observed during their everyday routines and high levels of intervention are used.
Depending on the level of risk, 24-hour monitoring can be put in place through the use of trained family support workers.
The model is dynamic in nature, and because of its flexibility can be used in multiple ways, offering an assessment process that is bespoke to the needs of the individual family.
The co-authored final report is produced by the assessment team after eight weeks. The report will be evidence based with clear recommendations and conclusions. It will also be scrutinised by WillisPalmer’s robust quality assurance process.
Local authorities may wish to use the Multi-Disciplinary Family Assessment model when addressing cases where families are experiencing difficulties and children may be on the edge of care.
This may include:
Equally, families may be experiencing a number of difficulties and require intervention to address these. Each assessment is bespoke according to the family's needs and the difficulties they are experiencing.
While we are proud to provide unique services, don't just take our word for it. See what a team manager had to say about the assessment.
“I hereby confirm that the service provided by WillisPalmer has been nothing less than excellent. Communication has been prompt and efficient, with phone calls when necessary. We as an organisation would most certainly continue to use the services provided by WillisPalmer when needed.”L.E., Team Manager
For more information about our new innovative MFA model, please contact our Head of Services Dave Wareham who can answer any questions you may have relating to the service.
Dave Wareham 01206 878169
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