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How it works

Referrals are checked by the Family Counselling Trust to determine which category of support the family qualifies for. The referrals are then passed to our referral panel who will recommend a selection of up to three practitioners with relevant qualifications, experience and suitable geographical location. They must also hold current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records bureau checks and suitable insurance for this work. Families are sent details of each practitioner. It is for families to make contact by telephone or letter and choose whom they will engage and to pay the contribution agreed directly to the therapist. Practitioners offer a range of therapeutic approaches including art therapy, family therapy, cognitive and psychodynamic based therapy although these are not all available in every geographical area.

This service is supported by professional supervision available from a consultant psychiatrist and family therapist.

Following the first appointment, practitioners write to referrers with a brief summary and plan of action. They will then provide up to a total of six one hour sessions at intervals of one to three weeks with the referred persons and their families. These sessions may be extended by one or two sessions by agreement and at the discretion of the referral panel.

Please note that FCT is not able to offer an emergency service to families. In these situations families or referrers should seek help from GPs, Children’s Services emergency duty teams or from out of hours services.

Also note that referrals of Looked-After children cannot be accepted by FCT as very specific criteria have to be met to satisfy local authorities in whose care they are.