Who We Can Assess

  • Mothers who are in the late stages of pregnancy.
  • Parents where the Local Authority are considering applying for a care order 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 impacting on the care they are able to offer their child/ren.
  • 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 a history of drug and/or alcohol problems but who are now drug and/or alcohol-free. Although subject to an initial risk assessment, we may consider admitting parents who are currently under treatment.
  • parents and their children where there are concerns regarding their 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.


Please note Chariteens Residential Family Centre is able to provide pre-admission Viability Assessments.