Parent Space: Information for Referrers
What is Parent Space?
Parent space is a unique project funded by the Pudsey Cluster that has been put in place to address parents’ mental and emotional health where it is demonstrated that this is having an impact on the child achieving and maintaining the 5 outcomes identified in the Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan.
The purpose of Parent Space is to support parents who are experiencing mental/emotional health problems. The parent, or a practitioner working with them, would be worried that their mental or emotional health may be impacting on their ability to parent and is having an impact on their child. The practitioner will have discussed this with the parent before contacting Parent Space.
The aim of the sessions is to help the parent to feel more understood so that they feel more able to respond to and understand their child, and to help the child feel more understood through relating, playing and language.
Parent Space works by using a combined approach between:
- the Parent Space Child Psychotherapist with specialist skills in parent/child relationships and emotional/mental health difficulties
- the skills and knowledge of a support worker/practitioner who has an ongoing relationship with the family. The support worker could be, but is not restricted to, a family worker, learning mentor, etc.
How the families are supported:
Families are offered 60 minute appointments with the Parent Space Child Psychotherapist. The practitioner working with the family will join them for the first session and then for a part of further sessions to link the work they are doing with the family to the Parent Space work. This arrangement is discussed and negotiated with the family and the practitioner. Families are initially offered a block of 7 sessions.
Sessions will be offered for parents alone, and parents with their child or children, depending on the needs of the family.
How to Make a Parent Space Referral:
Please complete the referral forms electronically and email to firstname.lastname@example.org (you should password protect the document before sending) or you may post it (marked private and confidential) to: Pudsey Cluster, c/o Priesthorpe School, Priesthorpe Lane, Pudsey LS28 5SG.
Information for Referrers
Further information about the Guidance and Support offered by the Pudsey Cluster, or any queries in relation to completing this form, please contact the Pudsey Leadership Team on 0113 387 1889.