Three projects under one roof:
- family group conferences
- lifelong links
With the aim of improving outcomes for children, young people, parents and carers through direct work.
Family Group Conferences (FGCs)
Family Group Conferences are shared decision-making family meetings.
They are family led, with family members, their network, and professionals attending a meeting, facilitated by an independent FGC coordinator. The aim is for families to discuss problems and find their
own solutions, and with support to draw up a safe and realistic plan to ensure children remain safely in their parents’ care.
During COVID FGCs have been delivered virtually, at times suitable for the families including evenings and weekends.
Delivering parenting and domestic abuse groups for parents, carers and children in Wandsworth.
Coordinated and run by a dedicated team in partnership with colleagues and agencies.
- HALT: 12 week group for mothers affected by domestic abuse
- Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC):
13 week evidence-based parenting group for all parents/carers
- Caring Dads: 17 week child centred fathering group for men who have abused, neglected, or exposed their children to domestic abuse
- Community Group Programme (CGP): 12 week group for children affected by domestic abuse
- Mothers Like Me (MLM): 12 week group for mothers who have at least one child in care
- Virtual groups have been developed during COVID including a 6 week HALT group for mothers and a 4 week Introduction to SFSC
- We run daytime and evening virtual groups and some evening face to face groups
Lifelong Links is a service that increases and builds positive, lifelong support networks for children in the care system and for care leavers.
An independent Lifelong Links Coordinator works with a child/young adult to find out who is important to them and who they would like to be in touch with. The Coordinator searches for these people, using a variety of tools and techniques. They bring a network together at a Lifelong Links family group conference to make a plan with and for the child, which the local authority supports to ensure these relationships continue to grow.
Inspired by Alfie, a young person in Wandsworth’s CLICK, our Lifelong Links service is also known as ‘Alfie’s Project’.
Quote from Alfie
“Everybody in care and care leavers should do Lifelong Links…. If you do it, you won’t regret it.”
How to contact us/make a referral
For all enquires, questions and referrals or to speak to a member of the team please don’t hesitate to contact us via the team mailbox:
Groupwork: enquire about groups running, request a referral form. We will send you group information and on receipt of a completed referral form we will contact you.
Lifelong Links: enquire about the service, request a referral form and on receipt of a completed form staff will contact you to set up a case discussion and plan next steps.
Family Group Conferences: access the child/young person’s record on MOSAIC. Go to START and follow the link to the Family Group Conference referral. Staff will contact you.
A mother who attended HALT domestic abuse group:
“I feel stronger by attending group, sometimes it is hard to talk about what I am going through but I feel better, it’s a relief when I talk about it.”
A family who attended an FGC:
“At first, we were quite nervous but now it’s been very beneficial because it is good that the family network opinion and support is being shared with a wider audience and it’s very beneficial for us to know the social worker’s thoughts going forward. We all found it beneficial, and useful”
A young person who attended Lifelong Links:
“Sometimes old memories from your past get a little blurry, Lifelong Links has given me a chance to reconnect, remember, learn and chat about previous situations whilst living in care. This has given me a better insight to how and why some decisions were made and share with my workers the effects of these decisions had on me as a young person.”
Who to contact
Last updated: 20 Jan 2023