My right to be listened to, understood and supported to be safe and happy.
We will always put the child first, as their needs, wishes and feelings are paramount to finding the right outcomes for them.
We believe in working closely with children, parents, family members and other professionals to fully understand the child’s lived experience, so we can help achieve the best outcomes for them.
We strive to provide a supportive environment where the child can feel safe, secure and comfortable to express themselves.
We believe in working in a transparent and open manner, listening to all parties and actively looking to reduce conflict.
We believe in actively engaging with both parents as they are of equal importance to the child.
‘Can You Hear Me’ is a team of experienced Independent Social Workers, who have in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of family public and private law.
With over 25 years experience in helping children and families, we are equipped with the knowledge to deal with all the issues a child may face through their parents’ separation and divorce. Whilst our focus is on the child’s needs and building family relationships, we will also ensure any adult at risk is safeguarded against harm.
We are Social Work England and British Association of Social Workers (BASW) registered, and have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
We sadly all too often see children who are feeling lost and hurt, where parents’ anger, conflict, hostility and fear make it difficult for them to manage contact and shared care arrangements.
This can leave children feeling distressed or ‘piggy in the middle.’ When communication between parents breaks down, this can sometimes lead to a period of limited or no contact with a loving parent. This can have a significant detrimental impact on the child’s development, in both the short and long-term. Children are often left with feelings of confusion, blame, loss, and grief. They can also experience loyalty conflicts, or just feel responsible for things they should not as children.
We believe children should have both parents in their lives, unless it is not safe or deemed not in their best interests by the court. We want to help children spend safe quality time with a parent who no longer lives with them, and support contact arrangements to occur with a minimum of stress both for children and parents. This could include supervised or supported contact at our welcoming venue, or within the community. Where it is appropriate, we also want to help children keep their family connections with their non-resident parent’s family e.g. grandparents or cousins.
Children’s views, happiness and safety are paramount to us and our work. We advocate for children, so their voices remain the focal point during their parents’ separation, divorce and subsequent contact arrangements.
Sign up to our newsletter...