The primary aim of the Reflect project is to prevent women who have experienced the compulsory removal of a child from experiencing a repeat pregnancy in the short-term, whilst successive child removal remains the most likely outcome.
Dr Louise Roberts has led the assessment of one of the first Reflect schemes, which has been run by Barnardo’s Cymru in Gwent since 2016.
Reflect aims to give women and their partners the assistance they need to make positive changes to their lives and to avoid becoming repeat visitors to the family court.
The results of the study showed some parents had been helped to find safe accommodation, escape unhealthy relationships or tackle substance abuse, while others who had previously been too anxious to leave the house had started socialising again, begun volunteering or developed a healthier lifestyle.
The evaluation highlighted the challenges of engaging with highly vulnerable parents. Hopefully it will be of no surprise that respectful and non-judgemental approach of workers was important in enabling parents to make positive change.
Read the full Reflect CASCADE Briefing
To find out more on the Reflect Project, visit the Barnardo’s Cymru website