When Sally and David’s son Jason started school, it wasn’t long before they found themselves involved with Children’s Services.

When Sally and David’s son Jason started school, it wasn’t long before they found themselves involved with Children’s Services. Jason struggled with global developmental delay and as a result of his parents’ own mental health and communication challenges, the school was concerned that he wasn’t receiving adequate parental support. A Child Protection Plan was devised for Jason, but after numerous failed attempts to work with Sally and David, Children’s Social Services saw no alternative but to apply to have him removed from his parents’ care. 

Thanks to a friend of the family contacting the JFC about the case, we were able to step in and work in partnership with Children’s Services. We arranged for a Family Support Worker to visit daily, to help develop Sally and David’s skills, teach them basic routines and personal hygiene, and model good parenting practices. 

Over time, Sally’s confidence has grown, and she has learned skills such as preparing basic menus shopping for ingredients and cooking simple meals. As Jason gets older, it’s undeniable that the challenges the family face will shift and grow, but thanks to the relationship of trust the JFC have built with Sally and Jason, and the obvious love they have for their son and he for them, so far the family has managed to be kept together, which in this case, is in everyone’s best interests.

“You believed in me when no-one else did and look what I have achieved! Thank you”

Sally

About the JFC

The Jewish Family Centre (JFC) is the Jewish community’s one-stop family support hub.  We offer a wide range of services for families, parents and children navigating the challenges of everyday life – both ordinary and extraordinary. 

Established in 2002, the JFC initially launched to offer activities for families during weekends and school holidays. But we quickly realised there were gaps in communal provision that needed filling.