Who We Are


Chariteens is an OFSTED registered (SC474728) Residential Family Centre located in the London Borough of Newham. We offer court directed parenting and risk assessments for vulnerable young parents and their babies where there are child protection concerns. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for up to six young vulnerable families.

With our experienced multi-disciplinary team including social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, drug and alcohol workers and family support workers, we are able to offer a comprehensive program of assessment tailored to fit within the assessment window in care proceedings. Assessments can ordinarily be completed within 8 weeks and may be extended upon request.

Assessments are based on the Framework for Assessment as incorporated in the Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government, 2013) and the Parenting Assessment Manual (PAMS) by Dr. Sue McGaw.

Whilst our core service is the provision of Residential Assessments we are also able to offer free pre-admission Viability Assessments and on-going community assessment upon request. Where there is a non-resident parent we are able to provide an assessment that will run alongside the residential assessment.

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Who We Can Assess

* Mothers who are in the late stages of pregnancy.

* Parents where the Local Authority are considering removing their child at birth.

* Families where there have been concerns regarding physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or long standing neglect.

* Parents who have a level of learning difficulty that is believed to impact on the care they are able to offer their children.

* Dependent on a specific risk assessment, parents who have a history of self-harming behaviour.

* Dependent on a specific risk assessment, parents who have mental health difficulties.

* Parents who had chaotic drug and/or alcohol problems but who are now drug and/or alcohol free. We will, subject to an initial risk assessment, consider admitting parents who are currently under treatment.

* Mothers and their children where there are concerns regarding the mother’s ability to provide protective parenting. This may include mothers who have experienced domestic violence from their partners or mothers who have formed relationships with men who have sexually offended.

* Young unaccompanied minors who are pregnant or are mothers themselves.


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