Fresh Start is a service for mothers who have had one or more children recently accommodated by the local authority (inc SGO's). The service aims to support women to take time out from parenting in order to address their loss, build resilience, increase well-being and develop new skills for future living.
The service will collaboratively with women to help them make sustainable changes and address the multiple and complex risks in their lives e.g. substance misuse, mental health, domestic abuse, parenting capacity, adverse childhood experiences and unsafe housing conditions.
Fresh Start aims to work with the women for approximately 9 months. The initial crisis intervention will work to develop positive working relationships, and provide assessment and intensive interventions around individual needs.
After the initial crisis intervention, a significant period of engagement may be needed with this cohort of women who may likely to be mistrusting of anyone working as a professional.
This may include elements of assertive outreach and working with other agencies to encourage engagement. Fresh Start will have priority access to other statutory services e.g. housing and other partners agencies.
The service will provide support in gaining access to:
- Drug and alcohol Service
- Loss and Grief Support – including childhood experience
- Relationships building – Personal and Professional
- Health Needs – Sexual health inc accessing contraception, GP, dental, etc
- Education and Employment services
- Housing service
We will work to provide:
- Resilience: Self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness.
- Trauma education sessions
- Coping with crisis
- Freedom counselling and positive relationships
- Peer groups and mentoring
- Building social capital
- Therapeutic Input: MI/ CBT based interventions
- Self-care and caring for others
- Women who have had more than child removed, where the last child was removed within the last 24 months
- Women who have had a child under 2 removed within the last 24 months
- Intervention at a point when women have no children in their care
- Not currently pregnant
- Have consented to a referral