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Coming to Solar might feel like a daunting prospect for parents and carers, as well as the young person. Clinicians will usually want to speak to the family as well as the child in order to get a full picture of what is going on, and to ask the questions that your children might not know the answer to.

Once your child has been referred to Solar, you will be invited to attend a 'choice/initial assessment appointment'. This is our first chance to meet you and find out what it is you need help with, and what are the options that we can offer you. 

It may be helpful if you are prepared with information about:

  • when problems started,
  • how long they have been going on for,
  • if there is a pattern to the problems (for example, do they occur more at certain times of the day?),
  • any difficulties in school or socially,
  • any physical health problems, past or present,
  • significant family events,
  • any other services that may be involved.

We will try to give you as much information as possible, but if you have specific questions it can be helpful to make a list of questions to bring with you, your clinician will be happy to answer any queries or concerns you may have.

From the time we accept a referral, you and your child will be offered an appointment for an assessment within six weeks. If we offer ‘treatment’ or ongoing sessions to support then there may be another wait of 18 weeks. We understand that waiting when we have recommended a service is a difficult time, but following your assessment the worker will have given you some information or useful other links or strategies to support you. If there is ever any risk we will make sure that is managed, and we can keep phone contact and ongoing support should any circumstances change.

Children and young people aged 16 and over are treated as adults. They can consent to their own treatment so may access our services without you being aware. If they are accessing our services, we would always encourage them to talk to you about it. Children aged 13 and over who are felt to be able to consent and have enough understanding can also access services confidentially. For children under the age of 13, we will ask them if you - as parent/carer - are aware of and have consented to the referral, and we will make sure we share information with you. If at any we feel a child is at risk of significant harm to themselves or others, we will inform who we feel necessary at that time to meet the needs of the young person and make sure they are safe and well.

Chelmsley Wood Reading Den

The Chelmsley Wood Reading Den offers a range of books and resources to support you talking with and caring for your children, and has been created with the particular needs of fostered and adopted children and young people in mind. The Den is permanently available at Chelmsley Wood library.

A visit to the Reading Den in Chelmsley Wood opens up free access to books, audio CDs and DVDs to help you and your children think and talk about thoughts, feelings and experiences, both ordinary and more difficult.

Click here for more information. 

Click here to browse the catalogue

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