We receive referrals from local authorities looking for an expert recommendation to the difficult decisions they face when a child may be at risk of harm from parents. We seek to work collaboratively with all parties involved to gain a thorough understanding of the unique difficulties each family is facing and the risk these difficulties may present to the children of the family.

We provide intensive independent assessments that offer an expert opinion as to whether parents are able to meet their child’s needs and the ongoing support that they may require in order to do so.

Our residential and Outreach assessment teams have extensive expertise in working with complex and entrenched family difficulties including:

  • Parents with learning disabilities
  • Parents with mental ill-health
  • Parents who have a history of substance or alcohol misuse
  • Very young parents
  • Parents who have themselves been victims of violence, abuse of neglect

The majority of the residential referrals we receive relate to infants under the age of one year, and nearly half are babies under three months of age, however, we do also work with parents of older children.  We are able to begin working with a parent or family during ante-natal stages.

Where the process involves a young baby, the assessment is timely – the intensive nature of assessments means that we are able to gain a detailed understanding of a family’s difficulties in less than three months.
Our assessments usually last around twelve weeks. However, we do not prolong assessments where it is clear that the parent is unable to meet the child’s needs and it is therefore not in the child’s best interests to continue. Following a twelve week residential assessment, The Lilias Graham Trust offers an Outreach Service to help provide continuing support for the family once they relocate back into the community.