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Introducing Harper House , Phoenix Futures Scotland ’ s new specialist family service

The new Care Inspectorate registered service will provide drug and alcohol treatment that considers the impact on each member of the family and the family unit as a whole . We are the only service of our kind across Scotland that welcomes dads as part of the programme as well as mums . Families stay together at the service , meaning that parents remain the carers of their children whilst taking part in a therapeutic treatment programme to address their substance use .

Parents with drug or alcohol problems can find the complex range of appointments for drug treatment , housing , healthcare , and childcare very difficult to keep up with in their home setting . Lack of appropriate childcare and housing is frequently identified as a reason parents struggle to get the support they need . This new service removes that barrier by enabling parents to access all the care their family needs in one residential setting .
Our flexible programmes at the Specialist Family Service are responsive to families ’ needs and last between 12 and 26 weeks . Each programme brings together three main elements – therapeutic interventions , parenting and childcare responsive to the individual needs of each family .
The service provides care based on a comprehensive assessment of child development and wellbeing , as well as making observations around parenting . Children have access to our on-site Children ’ s Day Care Centre , and our integrated teams ensure support for the whole family .
Our community members benefit from direct access to the highly experienced childcare team who utilise bespoke specialist
‘ The new service will help families affected by a parent ’ s drug and alcohol problems to remain together while receiving the appropriate support to help them flourish , thrive and reach their full potential . We will provide a homely environment that is safe , secure , supportive , and stimulating . Our approach is person centred and innovative with a dynamic approach to play and learning to ensure that all families using the service feel loved and respected . Our aim is to benefit the lives of the families who utilise our services , reduce drug-related deaths and provide early intervention to help prevent intergenerational cycles of trauma , adverse childhood experiences and substance use disorders .’ Kerry McGhee , registered manager , Specialist Family Service Scotland
techniques developed through our unique experience , alongside accredited assessment , and monitoring tools , in accordance with the Pre-birth to three guidance document and Curriculum for
Excellence .
The service is set in a large newly refurbished building located in Saltcoats , North Ayrshire , near the town ’ s beautiful beach and promenade . Each family will have their own large family suite with access to a kitchen and ensuite accessible bathroom facilities . Outside there is an enclosed dedicated play area for children and a large garden space for outdoor activities including our Recovery Through Nature programme .
This service has been developed in partnership with the Scottish Government and therefore there is no cost to local authorities or families resident in Scotland for a placement at the service .
For further information please use the QR code or visit our website . Alternatively email us on specialist . family @ phoenixfutures . org . uk