Action for change

Who we are

Action for Change is a service for birth parents who have had their children removed permanently from their care. We aim to prevent recurrent care proceedings by helping birth parents to have a better understanding of the reasons for the previous removal of their child and to help manage the consequences of having a child removed from their care. We are a team of multi-disciplinary practitioners using therapeutic and outreach interventions to engage with parents on a one-to-one basis and as part of a group.

Who we work with

We work with parents who have had children removed permanently from their care and who live in Hammersmith & Fulham. Specifically, we work with:

  • Parents after the final hearing of permanent removal 
  • Pregnant women who have had a child removed from their care previously. The pre-birth period is used to address concerns highlighted in previous removals, support the client to demonstrate capacity to change and potentially achieve different outcomes. 

How we work

The reasons for children being removed from the birth parents’ care are varied but may include historic or current domestic abuse, mental health, alcohol and substance misuse, and neglect.

Our support to birth parents after permanent removal of the child(ren) from their care covers three general areas:

Practical support: this may include sexual health and contraception, homelessness prevention and accessing support from external agencies

Professional support: such as advising parents about contacts, coordinating network meetings and mediating between other professionals and the birth parent

Emotional and mental health support: to ensure the parent’s mental and emotional health, building positive relationships and support networks.

Some of the key interventions and approaches that we use include:

  • Systemic thoughts and practice, where in-depth exploration of the wider rationale for repeat removals is addressed
  • Therapeutic and evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, addiction psychology and video interaction guidance
  • One-to-one interventions in the community using flexible and innovative methods to engage and develop positive relationships
  • Group work and activity-based interventions such as ‘Strengthening Families and Strengthening Communities Programme’ and using principles of the ‘Freedom Programme’. All programmes are tailored specifically for parents who have had their child(ren) removed from their care.

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How to access the service

If you are interested in accessing the service, if you are working with a parent who might benefit from this service, or if you want more information, please contact: 

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