Preventing family breakdown
We often receive referrals when families are at crisis point, this can be down to a number of different factors which are regularly out with the control of the family such as the impact of benefit cuts or parental illness. Other factors include addictions of parents, challenging behaviours from young people or emotional and psychological issues within the family unit.
Muirhead can provide intensive family support when the need arises. This may be practical supports such as helping parents attend appointments or providing the family with appropriate clothing and bedding. We can also deliver emotional supports through our play/art therapists and experienced sessional workers.
We often provide one-to-one support to young people and can also provide this support to parents. One –to-one support offers young people the chance to express their feelings to an objective, trust worthy adult who will not judge them on their views. Our sessional workers can offer young people advice on how best to deal with the challenges that they are facing and provide them with strategies to cope in these situations. Muirhead support workers can also offer support to young people at professional meetings such as education reviews and advocate on their behalf thus taking the pressure off the young person who is expected to express their views in a tense situation.
‘Thanks so much for helping me and listening to me. I think if I didn’t have you to talk to I would have done something stupid ages ago’
*Young person’s letter to her support worker