Cholmondeley provides respite care and education for children (aged 3-12 years) whose families are experiencing severe stress or crisis. In these situations children can become vulnerable, especially when a family’s usual supports, like friends and family, are unable to help.
A stay or stays at Cholmondeley provide children with an opportunity to take a break, enjoy the experience of childhood, and discover their strengths in a safe and fun environment.
What constitutes a stress or crisis?
There are many factors that could contribute to a family needing extra support to ensure a child’s wellbeing:
Mental health issues
Other personal family stresses
Whenever it is considered in the best interests of the child to spend some time away from home, Cholmondeley is here to help.
How long do children stay at Cholmondeley?
The length of a child’s stay varies according to need, but an average stay is 3-5 days. Children can stay at Cholmondeley as many times as necessary from 3 to 12 years of age. Regular planned stays are common, though Cholmondeley can respond quickly in an emergency situation.
Does Cholmondeley offer support for families?
As a child develops his or her strengths and builds resilience, there is also a positive flow-on effect for the child’s family: Parents and carers find new ways to relate to, encourage, and support their child, and improvements in mood and behaviour lead to a more settled family life.
We will also work with families over time to broker relationships between family members, and other support services as appropriate.
Residential Parenting Programme
In the near future, an on-site residential programme for parents will be available. Parents can build on their existing skills, and practice new ways of interacting with their child/children in a safe supportive environment.
An assessment of parenting capacity and recommendations are made with the aim of preventing family disintegration, or reconstituting family after disintegration has occurred.