Family Support Services (WS38)


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A workshop on parental substance use and the impact on children and families, how social workers can support families while keeping the protection of children at the forefront; work with parents and the children, and in partnership across Child and Adult Care Social Work systems. Contributor: Aberlour

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  • In next 10 minutes we will give a brief introduction to AFSS, which is a new service for families affected by substance misuse. We will talk about how we can work in partnership with you. Then there will be some time for questions followed by an opportunity to discuss potential referrals with us individually. Is anyone working with families using Aberlour services at present, either No 1 or Scarrel Rd? If so, you will probably be aware that these services are closing and the families will be moving into the new service, around the beginning of March.
  • The building is on 4 levels, ground floor office space, therapeutic floor, 2 floors of flats
  • The building is on 4 levels, ground floor office space, therapeutic floor, 3 floors of flats
  • Results of Research have shown that Soft playroom Stimulates the senses Provides alternatives to medications & isolation Increases functionality, awareness attention Improves appetite, memory, cognition & speech Increases happiness Encourages movement, range of motion & posture Improves Relationships Decreases aggression, abuse, anxiety and wandering
  • Service Aim To improve the wellbeing and opportunities of children, young people and their families affected by parental substance use. We seek to achieve this by providing support in the following key areas: Risk Reduction: Children experience reduced risk. Resilience: Children have enhanced ability to thrive within their family and community and achieve their potential. Parenting: Parents provide consistent, positive parenting to their children. Dependency: Parents have achieved positive changes with regard to their substance use. Life Skills: Parents participate fully in community life.
  • Our programme is based upon a three-stage trauma model that integrates dependency, parenting and trauma work, with an initial focus on risk reduction. The model places children at the centre of our work, and directly addresses their needs. Horizontal interventions work with the symptoms of trauma, whilst not having to directly discuss or address trauma issues (e.g. safe coping skills, anger management, behaviour change etc). Vertical interventions work directly with the trauma, and include life story work. This type of work is necessary to prevent relapse and to deal with the root problem of addiction and parenting difficulties. Vertical interventions cannot take place without first establishing coping strategies (horizontal interventions) to ensure that service users have the skills to cope, without resorting to substance use of other unhelpful coping skills.
  • Admission assessment – up to date information needed for admission i.e. detox/maintenance requirements; contact with child arrangements; any health/mental health considerations
  • Family Support Services (WS38)

    1. 1. Aberlour Family Support Service
    2. 2. Content• The Aberlour Family Support Service (developed with GAS/Thenue)• Photographs• Key Outcome Areas• A Recovery Journey• Practice Model• How to Refer• Opportunity to discuss referrals
    3. 3. Exterior
    4. 4. Interior
    5. 5. Floor Plan of Individual Flat
    6. 6. Soft Play Area
    7. 7. What we do for familiesResidential 24 hour Family Support Service• Focus on Recovery from Alcohol/Drug dependency, Stabilisation, Abstinence, Harm Reduction and Detox Programmes• Short/Long Term Stay, Parenting Capacity Assessments and Interventions, Direct work with children, Stabilisation for Pregnancy, Involvement in pre/post birth Rehabilitation plans• Work alongside Care Managers/Social Work towards admission; partnership care planning and reviews (focus on pregnancy/early years/early intervention)
    8. 8. Key Outcome AreasWork to achieve positive change in five key outcomeareas: – Substance misuse – Resilience for children – Risk Reduction – Parenting – Life Skills
    9. 9. The start of a recovery journey…“I came to Aberlour on November. I came straight from awoman’s hostel. I had a lot of problem and addictions. I wasalso pregnant and in an abusive relationship, my partner wasin prison, so this was my chance to get in here without himnot knowing.So I was coming in for a 21 day placement the day I gothere I made sure I had a lot of vallium cause I wasn’t walkingin to a rehab straight I got here and I was very defensive thestaff were great they know what I was up to. I was trying mybest for the staff to ask me to go or walk out but they are sosupportive.”
    10. 10. How Aberlour worked for me….“So I stayed. I was here 2 weeks then I asked if I could getthe 6 months extension so I got it I was over the moon so Istarted to go to groups everyday. The groups have helpedma a lot.Don’t get me wrong I struggled so much my ex partner gotout from prison so I struggled to stay but I did cause I hadmy baby to think about. Its not all about me its about my sonthis is a programme that will work if you let it. There’s nopoint in being here if you don’t want to be here or if your notready for the help and support. You get all the help youneed here they have a group everyday its all different groupsbut they are done to help your dependency, parenting,domestic abuse, self esteem, that’s just a couple. “
    11. 11. A chance to change…….“So this place has been a saviour to me I can only say this,Aberlour is the only place that has worked for me if it wasn’tfor Aberlour I would be in prison or dead, but now I have thechance to have a life with my son and be happy. Aberlour ishere for you if your ready if your not don’t waste your timeand theirs and give the next person the chance to changetheir lives.”
    12. 12. A Day in the Life of….• 7.00–9.00 support with morning routines• 10.00 medication• 10.30 dependency groups, children’s sessions• 12.00 lunchtime support• 14.00 parenting groups, children’s sessions• 15.00 family support sessions/homework support• 17.00 support with cooking/nutrition/life skills• 19.00–21.00 support with evening routines• 21.00 medication• 21.00–23.00 individual support in flats• 23.00–7.00 support as required• 1:1 sessions with women and children throughout the programme
    13. 13. How we do it – 3-Stage Trauma Model• Stage 1: Establishing Safety – Harm Reduction, Stabilising, Children Safe and Needs Met.• Stage 2: Reflection – Explore Feelings/Experiences, Own experience of being Parented, Impact of Trauma and Building Positive Attachments• Stage 3: Moving On – Improve Confidence and Self Esteem, Develop Community Links, Support and Maintain Positive Change
    14. 14. How to Refer1. Care Manager will complete: “Readiness to Change; “Will residential be right for me? Questionnaire”; Consideration for a Placement Application2. Along with Single Shared Assessment3. Phone call to Aberlour to make referral4. Appointment offered to complete Admission Assessment within the service (within 48 hours)