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DISC’s services wholly embrace and promote the ‘Think Family’ approach.
“A system that ‘thinks family’ has no ‘wrong door’: contact with any one service gives access to a wider system of support.
Individual needs are looked at in the context of the whole family, so clients are seen not just as individuals but as parents or other family members. Services build on the strengths of families, increasing their resilience and aspirations.
Support is tailored to meet need so that families with the most complex needs receive the most intensive support.” (Think Family: Improving the Life of Families at Risk, Social Exclusion Taskforce; 2008)
All families experience difficulties and many undergo times of crisis, where they often feel trapped and helpless. DISC excels at successfully engaging families who are excluded and/or find themselves facing complex challenges in life. Our long-term, whole family approach enables families to grow together and strengthen as a unit. We use a twin track approach of challenge and support, to help families to overcome difficulties and achieve positive relationships. In particular, we offer integrated and accessible services through a number of DISC projects including;
- Parenting Skills - Abuse, Poverty or Neglect
- Parental Substance Misuse - Hidden Harm
- Young Peoples Substance Misuse
- Antisocial Behaviour and Youth Justice
- Family Intervention Project (FIP)
- Risk of Breakdown - Mediation and Parenting Skills
- Difficulties at School
- Leaving care or returning to live at home
- Young Carers - Caring Responsibilities
- Through My Childs Eyes
Our projects offer a warm, friendly and safe environment where families can explore their needs and gain support. All staff are highly experienced and skilled in family work and offer non-judgmental interventions and advice to help families progress.
There were around 1.9 million single parent families in the UK in 2009, with 52% of these below the government defined poverty line.
DISC’s family services provide a focus on parental collaboration in cases of separation, to ensure that children’s well-being is kept a priority.