This is a clear demonstration for policy makers about the potential differences services to support mothers at risk of losing their children can make. These mothers have invariably had very difficult childhoods themselves. This is one of the reasons why they find it hard to parent successfully. Rather than inevitable care proceedings they show the benefit of investing in people
An in-depth case study indicated that three showed significant improvement in their emotional health and well-being after nine to twelve months of working with the services. The evaluation team also estimate that the two services combined have saved between at least £500,000 and £900,000 in avoided care proceedings in their first 18 months.