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Family Assessment Centres based in Kent

Working with Local Authority Social Workers, Guardians, Solicitors and Courts across the UK to provide unbiased, in-depth qualified assessments for families in a residential environment.

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    Ofsted have registered us as "Outstanding"

    We are proud to receive consistently high praise from professionals and families who work with us. The Laurels is registered as 'Outstanding' with Ofsted.

  • Parent to social worker

    1:1 Support

    Each family we work with receives one to one staffing support at the start of their assessment which is then regularly assessed and adapted based on the assessments from our Qualified Social Workers

  • Supportive educational environment

    Supportive Environment

    A wealth of learning resources are available to our families to support them in their journey. These are targeted at improving understanding and knowledge around issues such as basic care, finances, nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

  • Residential Placements

    Flexible Placements

    Our standard comprehensive residential placement is 12 weeks for each family but we can adapt this to suit each family’s best interests in agreement with the placing Local Authority.

  • Tailored to parents needs

    Tailored Programmes

    An individual bespoke assessment and support programme is devised at the outset of the placement in partnership with the family and the placing Local Authority whereby clear objectives and regular reviews are agreed.

How we provide the highest quality assessments

Our assessments form an interactive, evidence based process considering all aspects of an individual's parenting capacity and are complimented with various assessment techniques to review progress.

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Services we provide

We provide a range of Residential Assessments, Community Placements and Viability Assessments.

Our residential services are aimed at young parents under the age of 16, parents over the age of 16, care-leavers, parents with mental health concerns or learning disabilities and parents with drug and alcohol related issues.

Within the community, we provide parenting assessments, parenting programmes and support for families living in their own homes.

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Our programme of positive parenting sessions are tailor-made to the individual parent according to their needs and will include a range of activities to help in every aspect identified in the placement arrangement.

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From initial referral, we aim to respond straight away, but this can take up to 72 hours depending on the referral documentation, with acceptance from the date of our next vacancy.

A standard placement will last around 12 weeks.

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Assessments underpinned by professionals

We are proud to work in partnership with Professor David Shemmings and we have now incorporated David’s ARP (Attachment and Relationship based Practice) project to our assessment and support framework. The ARP project is a core training course and David directly trains all of our staff at Majestic.

We always communicate closely with professionals involved in the lives of the families that we have at Majestic. We make every effort to forge effective working relationships with those professionals and are extremely appreciative of the consistently positive feedback we receive from them.

Local Authority Social Worker

Before I took this case, I had been told that Majestic was a good parent and child unit. I have to say that this has been my experience. The reports use language that does not contain jargon which means that the parent can understand. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Local Authority Team Leader

Thank you so much for going above and beyond to provide us with a helpful report. I continue to be impressed by Majestic’s conduct and have done since a few years ago when I first worked with you. The communication is excellent and the prompt response to crisis and concerns in exceptions.

Ofsted 'Outstanding' rated assessments

Assessments are conducted extremely well. The balance between assessment, support and guidance is thoughtful and reflective. Assessments change to consider the current parenting issues and parents progress quickly and responsively. One parent said in feedback to the centre: ‘Everyone works as a team. I could not ask for more support from them. They have made me more confident.


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