The Believe model’s overall aim is to prevent the cycle of children being removed from their mum’s care.
The Believe project works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. We aim to give women the opportunity to deal the trauma of loosing their children by working with them to make positive life decisions in all aspects on their mental health and wellbeing. We offer a person centred, non judgemental approach, where we gain the trust of the women that we work with and work with them to produce a bespoke support plan. The women can also access our inhouse counselling service. Where they can have time to reflect and comes to terms with the loss and trauma they have experienced. The women that face removal of children usually have deep routed and complex issues that need focussed support to help them move forward.
The relationship between the woman and her Believe Support Worker is key.
It is one which is secure, consistent and predictable; a relationship where women are valued and respected for who they are. They are encouraged to discover or uncover their individual identity, needs and aspirations. The support worker will encourage them to be actively involved in all parts of the programme, take supported risks to learn new skills and have fun too.
This is different to the negative perspectives and language that many of the women will be used to hearing about themselves.
It focuses on achieving what, from the outside, might seem small steps that offer a sense of value and worth but we know are giant strides forward for the women themselves.
Each Practitioner works with between six and eight women, enabling them to give the time to focus on each woman’s needs.
The relationship is nurturing, but it is also challenging, a partnership to help break destructive cycles and to work toward a more positive Believe Support Worker’s understanding that the relationship with the woman is not linear, that there will be some bumps along the way. They are tenacious and going the extra mile is the norm. For example, if a woman is no longer living at her usual address, her Practitioner will use her contacts and networks to track her down and make sure she’s safe. If a woman is struggling to deal with particular service providers, such as housing, her Practitioner will work with her to resolve the situation and to provide her with the tools to manage the situation herself in the future.
Every town, city, village has experience of working with women who have multiple children removed into the care system.
These women are typically disadvantaged with emotional, environmental and health-related problems. Many grew up in care themselves and their children face a disproportionate risk of becoming vulnerable adults. Children being placed into care is very often misunderstood by society and the women can feel extremely isolated this having a negative impact on their mental health