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Family & Adolescent Support Team

The FAST team (Family & Adolescent Support Team) is based at Greystone Passage in Dudley and offers a range of services to families who are experiencing difficulties in parenting their children. The team aims to work in a solution-focussed way by encouraging families to recognise their own strengths and resources.

Prevention and intervention service

This service provides a rapid response to families in crisis. It is based on the Solution Focussed Brief Therapy model (de Shazer 1985) which embodies a forward looking approach and sets family owned targets over a short intervention period of six weeks. In urgent cases the manager can allocate a worker immediately and give families a same day appointment or an appointment within two or three days whichever suits the family.

Child protection plans

The FAST team can contribute to core assessments and child protection plans by providing monitoring and support to families whose children are on the Child Protection Register. Visits can be made to family homes as part of agreed work plans.

Children in need

The team is also able to provide direct support to families in the areas of

  • Advice on parenting

  • Developing parenting skills

  • Behaviour Management

  • Health and Hygiene

  • Bedwetting

  • Play and Stimulation

  • Healthy eating and nutrition

  • Self-esteem and confidence building

Direct work with adolescents

The team is able to help families with adolescent youngsters by providing

  • Group work sessions

  • Anger management workshops

  • Self esteem workshops for young women

  • One to one work with individuals experiencing relationship difficulties

Work with parents

Parenting programmes can be arranged during the day and in the evenings. These sessions give parents opportunities to share their experiences with other parents and to develop coping strategies to deal with challenging adolescent behaviour.

All services based at Greystone Passage are available by contacting the duty office who operates from 9 – 5 Monday to Friday. Services can be provided at weekends and Bank holidays to ensure safety and support to vulnerable children and families.