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Our Philosophy

Chrysalis Assessment and Support Centre is committed to promoting the best outcomes for children. Our belief is that a successful outcome for each child is the opportunity to grow and thrive in safety.
Our Philosophy is:
  • Each family is unique and will be treated as such.
  • Wherever possible, parents will be supported and enabled to provide their children with an environment where they can grow and thrive in safety.
  • Intervention, support and assessment will be objective, transparent and free from prejudice.
  • Successful outcomes will be achieved through transparency, interdisciplinary and effective communication at all levels.
  • Successful and effective business dealings with a committed, professional and valued staff team will allow us to continue and further develop our commitment to promoting the best outcomes for children.

Area of Expertise

Chrysalis relies heavily on its experienced team to fulfil this commitment. The team has extensive experience in all relevant areas of expertise:
  • Child Development
    Child Development
  • Education and Training
    Education and Training
  • Early Years
    Early Years
  • Court Work
    Court Work
  • Promotion of Play
    Promotion of Play
  • Risk Assessment
    Risk Assessment
  • Child Protection
    Child Protection

Our Methodology

We aim to promote a safe, nurturing and family orientated environment in which each parent is recognised as an individual and each encouraged to reach their full potential.

Professional practice with families is based upon the integrated Model of Pro-Social Practice developed by Chris Trotter based upon his work (1991; 1996; 2004) with families and other involuntary client groups. The model focuses particularly upon Role Clarification; Pro-social Modelling and Re-inforcement; Problem Solving and Building Relationships. The model is both supported by research findings and is consistent with a range of theoretical perspectives.

The model of supportive training used will be facilitative, through small, easily assimilated blocks of learning based around practical activity, demonstration and role-play, and supported by the use of resources such as books; games; videos; sequencing; story boards and physical resources.

In order to assess parental capacity a variety of tools are used, tailored to the needs of the parent. These are incorporated into the Framework of Assessment of Children in Need and their Families and include:

  • Chrysalis Groups: Chrysalis Groups are an essential component of the individualised parenting programme at Chrysalis Assessment and Support Centre and therefore offer support and opportunities for residents to improve their parenting knowledge and understanding of related parenting issues, and for staff to undertake qualitative assessment of these, in order to inform the assessment process.
  • Parenting Assessment Manual (PAMs) An assessment tool tailored to the needs of parents with learning difficulties
  • Formal and Informal Day-to-Day Observations: Formal observations are carried out by all staff and are recorded daily. Focus for these observations come from some or all of the following:
  • Letter of Instruction from referring agency
  • Link Work sessions
  • Chrysalis Group work
  • Informal observations are carried out by all staff and are recorded daily

Through the use of a variety of models, tools and techniques as described above, an individual and personalised programme of assessment and support can be tailored to each individual and/or family, giving every opportunity for the parents to display positive parenting.

To find out more about our methodology please contact us on 01262 670112 or alternatively you can email

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