The Lilias Graham Trust

Information for Referring Agencies


The Lilias Graham Trust takes referrals from Local Authorities and Social Work Departments. This is a Scotland wide service.

  • In the first instance please phone Jane Carter, Chief Executive for an informal chat regarding the client you wish to refer, or email her on

  • The Lilias Graham Trust parenting capacity assessments are bespoke to the families’ needs and can be longer than the usual 12 week assessment.

  • Funding for placements must be sourced through Social Services.

  • Comprehensive reports are written at the end of the Parenting Capacity Assessment by experienced LGT practitioners and Consultants.

  • After the placement has ended, The Lilias Graham Trust can provide an Outreach Service that supports the family following their residential placement.

  • Download and read our Benefits of a Residential Assessment report (note that this is in .pdf format and you may need to download a pdf reader to open)




More Information

The Trust has a long history of supporting families disadvantaged by poverty, deprivation and poor health.  This socio-economic context continues to be recognised in the referrals received and the services we provide. The service aims to be inclusive, supporting families affected by adverse experiences such as poor mental health, addiction, domestic abuse, sexual, physical or verbal abuse, emotional and physical neglect, homelessness, disability and victimisation. Each family has a support plan, the aim of which is to achieve specific objectives agreed with referrers, parents and children.

The Trust does not provide ongoing or long-term residential support to families once the specific assessment and change goals have been reached. On average, families stay for around twelve weeks, but we recognise that some families may require longer. The Trust accepts referrals for families with children from 0 to 18 years old. The Trust does not accommodate unaccompanied children. Parents retain full parental responsibility for their children (in terms of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 s.1) while staying at the Trust.

What does the Lilias Graham Trust provide?
  • A support and assessment service for up to five families at a time

  • Self-contained overnight family accommodation including bedrooms, bathroom and lounge. The type of accommodation chosen depends on each family’s accommodation and support needs. The accommodation comprises:

    • A fully self-contained three-bedroom house in the grounds.

    • Two fully self-contained three-bedroom flats in Braendam House.

    • Two one-bedroomed suites with private lounge and bathroom in Braendam House with access to an open plan kitchen.

  • Provision of food. This is chosen, shopped for and cooked by family members with support being provided when required. Each family is provided with a weekly food allowance reflecting their needs.

  • Practical housing support including home making, budgeting, family routines, getting children ready for school and other life skills.

  • Practical support and advice to parents in looking after their children. The nature and timing of staff support is dictated by the needs of the family.

  • A 24 hour on-call service is provided by senior staff.

  • Specific therapeutic work with parents and children where this is part of their personal plan.

  • Clinical health assessment with the purposes of signposting parents and children to appropriate services and providing consultancy to staff and agencies undertaking the current assessment and support of parents and children.

  • Signposting parents and children to other services.

  • A referral, planning and review system involving the family, referrer and other supporters as appropriate.

  • Final written assessments detailing children’s needs and parent’s ability and potential to meet those needs.

  • An outreach service may be provided (in agreement with the referrer and family members) to help transition to a family’s home environment.

As an alternative to residential provision, the above services may be provided to families living in their own home where that is assessed as the most effective approach in the circumstances.