Community Support 
& Assessment

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Families who are offered comprehensive home-based support and assessment packages have the best chance of achieving good outcomes in Family Court care proceedings.

In fact, over the last year, 64% of our interventions resulted in children returning or staying in the family home.

Unlike a traditional residential solution, working with families in their own home ensures a practical programme of support, enables proactive engagement with existing communities and support networks and results in a far more realistic assessment report for the courts.  

With over 20 years’ experience in social work, Aspire has created this innovative 12 week Community Support and Assessment programme to fulfil this basic need and better assist both families and legal proceedings.

By offering up to 24 hour engagement over a three month period, we’re confident our immersive approach provides more practical help and greater insight, assisting all parties towards the best outcome for the child.

Benefits of Aspire

Our intervention programme is structured for maximum support and ongoing impact.  We combine basic care and safety with teaching – equipping families with essential skills, and helping to build better support networks. The benefits of this innovative approach are clear to see.  Over the last year, almost two thirds of families we’ve worked with had children able to remain or return home as a result – and we enabled an additional 52 families to remain together during a crisis. This is because we are able to provide:
  • Immersive support within the home, promoting parenting within the wider community
  • Empowering support which teaches long term sustainable skills
  • A network of highly qualified and specialist professionals
  • A more insightful assessment based on the reality of the situation in the home
  • Cost savings later down the line with high initial success rate
  • Signposting to other services or a continuation for ongoing support
Read these testimonials to hear about the impact of our approach.
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Expertise

The team at Aspire is unique.  Large enough to have capacity to be robust and responsive, yet carefully selected to represent the best professional standards in social work.

We are able to deploy an impressive range of specialists in-house.  Our team includes mental health professionals, experienced family support workers, social workers, midwives, health visitors and qualified counsellors.  We are particularly experienced at working with parents with learning disabilities, mental health issues or learning difficulties.

Our core strength is the rigorous infrastructure supporting our teams.  We have a robust management system to oversee and quality assure all our work.  We require a high level of qualification with every single member of staff trained in the Solihull Approach as standard.  These expectations allow us to deliver more effective, more efficient and higher quality work. 

Approach

Case law supports our approach, with Lord Justice Munby putting on record (Re:D 2016) that “parenting with support” should be available where needed.  We feel strongly that the cost of providing this is justified in the long run by the success we see in many of our intervention programmes – avoiding further long term fostering or adoption costs.

Our programme is underpinned by evidence based work using a number of NICE guideline supported models including:

  • Solihull Approach
  • NSPCC Graded Care Profiles
  • Video Interaction Guidance
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Systemic Therapy Techniques

Following a referral, we’ll set up a planning meeting for all family and professionals involved to agree a bespoke action plan for support.

We then allocate a small team of relevant professionals to the family, to carry out the teaching and support plan.

Fortnightly reviews keep the support plan on track and a midway report reviews progress and supervision time which can be reduced if appropriate.  A comprehensive Parenting Assessment is carried out throughout the intervention, with the final report and recommendations provided at the end of the assessment period.