We provide a Family Reunification Service (FRS) primarily for children who are accommodated under S.20 or the subject of a Care Order or Interim Care Order. Children who are on the edge of care or in pre-proceedings may also benefit from aspects of the service.
The high quality, purposeful and evidence-based service is designed primarily, but not exclusively, to meet the needs of young people aged between 14-18.
Our multi-disciplinary team of experts comprising an Independent Social Worker, psychologist and Family Support Worker (FSW) work together to identify problems and work alongside the family to address these issues in a bid to keep families together and put an end to the revolving door phenomenon of children entering care, leaving care only to re-enter the care system at a later date.
The majority of looked after children return home, according to research by the Family Rights Group, among others. 85% of all the children in state care return home to their family network or home communities within five years, and an estimated 92% return eventually. The possibility of a child’s return home in the following 12 months after leaving care remains high no matter how long a child has been away. Statistically, it is the most usual outcome.
This is not down to a court’s decision whereby they have deemed that the family is now safe to look after the child. It is usually because the child reaches an age, whilst still in care subject to a Care Order, when they choose to return home and being 16 it is difficult for the local authority to prevent them.
Therefore, it is our aim at WillisPalmer that the process is carried out in a managed and phased stage, addressing the issues which led to the child or children being taken into care or at risk of entering the care system to prevent them returning home and encountering the same problems that resulted in them being taken into care initially.
Using highly experienced and skilled experts to work alongside the family, the service aims to prevent the revolving door phenomenon of children entering and re-entering care by addressing the core issues in conjunction with the family and children.
For more information about our new innovative SFA model, please contact our Operations Director Dave Wareham who can answer any questions you may have relating to the service.
Dave Wareham email@example.com 01206 878169