A Rehabilitation Centre For Mothers
We are a unique residential rehabilitation unit located in Plymouth. Since 1993 we have been offering treatment to women with alcohol and/or drug related problems. What makes us different and quite rare is that our residents are able to live at Trevi with their children. Trevi House is both a home and a safe place, where mothers and their children remain together as a family unit.
We offer supported detox and a structured rehabilitation programme that promotes the transition towards an independent life, free from substance misuse. Each mother and child is individually assessed prior to entry.
Our aims at Trevi House are: To provide a warm, safe and friendly environment. To treat all residents and their children as individuals, offering services that meet their needs. To provide an understanding response to the needs and feelings of carers, visitors and give the women and their children the opportunity to live the life they deserve.
Our programme reflects three main areas of need; addiction, parenting and healthy relationships. The following gives an outline of the groups and therapeutic interventions that each resident is expected to participate in.
Trevi House deliver a weekly Recovery Training group made up of workshops which focus on motivation, relapse prevention and living a life substance free. It includes a component relating to Parenting in Recovery which looks at the impact of being a mum upon recovery, and conversely the impact of drug / alcohol used upon parenting.
All residents have a nominated counsellor for weekly counselling sessions (min 1 per week). This provides a space to address underlying issues. Residents will be asked to completed personal work between 1-2-1 sessions.
Residents are asked to prepare a range of personal presentations which they share with their peers for feedback.
Trevi House expect to see each resident present her personal work within the agreed timeframe and to a high standard. As part of this, mum will be asked to prepare a ‘Children’s Lifeline’ whereby she examines in detail the impact of her substance misuse and relationships upon her children from the perspective of her child.
At Trevi House, each resident can expect to access practical support and guidance, alongside interventions to better help her meet her child’s emotional needs.
We would expect to provide an enhanced level of support during the first week / fortnight. Such support will include guidance with basic care tasks such as feeding / winding / settling. It will be tailored to the needs expressed by mum and observed by staff in the first 24 – 48 hours of placement.
Once mother and child settled together, mum will be expected to provide all the care for her baby / child. Trevi House will monitor progress using maternal feedback and our observations (formal and informal). Overnight, staff carry out hourly checks using the cot cameras to ensure that the child is settled in their bed / cot, and that mum is meeting their needs.
Any identified deficits in the maternal capacity to meet the infant’s needs would be relayed directly to mum and appropriate education / support provided.
Trevi House will to agree with the child’s Social Worker the preferred means of communicating how the placement is progressing outside of the formal reporting time frame. Any issues of note would be raised immediately.
We carry out regular Parenting Observations in order to establish any areas where extra support might be needed; i.e. bedtime routine, play, handling. We offer feedback to mum regarding these observations and would incorporate them within our ongoing assessment.
All children have a nominated nursery key worker. We offer 1-2-1 sessions to discuss any issues and concerns and agree care plans.
Trevi recognise that many residents have been in previously unhealthy relationships, which may have been abusive / controlling. Through groups and personal work we start to try to increase residents’ awareness of their personal interactions with others and begin to build positive relationships with those around them.
Trevi House deliver the Freedom to Change programme and You & Me Mum; both groups explore the impact of Domestic Abuse upon children.
We expect to see the mother demonstrate an understanding in regards the risks associated with domestic abuse and what steps she can take to ensure that her child is safeguarded from this.
- Good quality accommodation – half of our rooms are en suite
- Secure premises with video phone entry and external CCTV
- Multiple interventions under one roof
- Detox from alcohol, methadone, subutex and diazepam
- Therapeutic groupwork programme
- Regular drug and alcohol screening
- Specialist on site nursery
- Thrive assessment for child
- Named Specialist midwife and Health visitor
- Reports for professionals / court
- Help in finding a new safe home
- Story work preparing children for onward transitions
- Comprehensive free aftercare service
Female only Mums
Mixed gender Children
Capacity is 10 Mums and 10 Children, but can vary depending on number of Children in a family