referring someone else to cedar
If you are someone working with a family who may benefit from Cedar you can refer a mother and her children to Cedar.
Here’s the step-by-step process for referring someone else:
- Referral made to Cedar project with mother’s informed consent
Each Cedar project will have a preferred way of making initial contact, this may be via email, telephone by submitting a paper ‘referral form.’ In most cases it is easiest to phone your local Cedar coordinator. Cedar isn’t suitable for everyone, so the coordinator will ask some questions to gain an understanding of whether Cedar is right for the family you are working alongside.
- The mother you have referred will be contacted by phone by the Cedar project staff. Information will be sought from her about the suitability of the referrals.
- Mothers and their children will then attend an information session with other families to learn more about the projects.
- Coordinators then arrange a meeting with the mother and children, either at their home or somewhere local to them, to build rapport and for the child to learn about the Cedar project.
- The coordinator will meet again with the mother and children to discuss the child’s memories of domestic abuse and further discuss how the groups might work for the family.
- During the assessment process it may become apparent that the group work programme is not appropriate for the child/young person. If this is the case Cedar will seek alternative and appropriate support for them.
- The mother and child decide if they want to attend the Cedar groups.
She feels a lot safer now she knows that there are people out there that can help.