What is a residential assessment? What is a mother and baby foster placement?
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A residential child and family assessment service
This is somewhere that can be used when there are worries a child may not be safe living with their parent after birth. This type of placement is usually part of a Family Court interim care plan during care proceedings. But it can be part of earlier work with a family, outside of care proceedings.
It involves the parents’ ability to safely look after their children being assessed. Experienced practitioners should be involved in doing this. Families are supported to reflect on their parenting behaviour. And on how they can improve their parenting. Then, at the end of the assessment a report will:
- Be prepared for the court
- Express a view about whether the parent can care for their child in the future
- Suggest help and support they may need.
A mother and baby fostering placement
This is also called a parent and child foster placement. It is a specialist type of foster placement. It often involves some assessment of a parent’s ability to care for their child. And should include some support for the parent. This may be practical or emotional support. Or both. This type of placement can be offered just before a baby is born. This is so support and parenting advice can be given prior to the birth. It can be helpful if a younger parent needs more intensive support.