How our service can help you
The Helping Families Team is an innovative community-based team that is working to improve outcomes for families in which parents are affected by mental health difficulties.
We aim to bridge the gaps between CAMHS, adult mental health, education, and children's services by providing:
- Early intervention and support in collaboration with alongside existing services
- Specialist parenting assessment and intervention to parents with mental health difficulties and complex psychosocial needs
- Specialist advice, consultation, and training
Our team uses a proactive outreach and therapeutic approach to positively engage families. The team primarily works with parents, however, we do also work directly with children and young people, where appropriate.
The Team's work uses a whole-family approach that:
- Improves the life chances of children, builds family resilience, and reduces risk
- Recognises the inter-related needs of children, parents, and the family as a whole
- Uses partnership-based and family focused approaches that share and enhance the knowledge and expertise of the family and professional network
- Tailors effective invention, care, and support to meet the needs of the family.
The Helping Families team is a programme developed by the Centre for Parent and Child Support (CPCS). We work in partnership with other programmes developed by CPCS:
- Empowering Parents Empowering Communities
- Family Partnership Model
- Treatment type: Training and service delivery
Contact the serviceSite Location: Maudsley Hospital Email: Email: HelpingFamiliesTeam@slam.nhs.uk Web: www.cpcs.org.uk
- Wheelchair accessible building
- Ground floor therapy rooms
- Accessible toilets on all levels
- Lift access to the 1stfloor.
Michael Rutter Centre
De Crespigny Park,London, SE5 8AZ
- Business Hours/Visiting Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- Conditions: Helping Families Team
Other essential information
The Helping Families Team has been developed to improve the outcomes and protection of families in which parents are affected by mental health difficulties.
The team enables parents affected by mental health difficulties to have better, easier and less stigmatised access to:
- Detailed and effective one-to-one home-based assessments focusing on the impact of parental mental health problems on family ecology, parenting and child development/safety, identification of key risk and resilience factors, focus on feasible and realistic goals and effective care plans using evidence based engagement and intervention methods
- Intensive one-to-one home-based intervention for parents whose mental health difficulties are having a significant impact on child development, safety and outcomes
- Group format specialist parenting interventions to promote positive parenting and child development for at risk parents affected by mental health difficulties
The team also provides advice, consultation and training to referrers and their agencies.
- Parents whose mental health impacts on parenting and children’s development.
- Parents who experience a range of mental health difficulties including; depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, psychosis
- Families with children and young people, from newborn to 18 years
- Parents who are current users of children’s services and/or mental health services.
- Children who may be subject to child in need, child protection or in receipt of early help services
What is needed:
- Joint work with the referrer
- Parental consent to information sharing and partnership working
- Patient engagement and partnership working resulting in improved outcomes for children, parents and families
- The understanding of the potential impact of parental mental health on their child and parenting
- The parent-child relationship
- Parental reflective functioning
- The emotional wellbeing within the family
Dr Joanna Gibbons, Clinical Psychologist - Read more