Family Based Solutions formerly known as PAARS (parent abuse and reconciliation service) began as a result of the three founders coming across parent abuse in their role as secondary school support workers. It was apparent that the issue did not fit the threshold for social care involvement and was not always dealt with by the police in a way that was useful. The founders decided that we had to try and support these families and we therefore started our charity from having no knowledge of how to set up a charity or the real extent of the problem outside of our own work setting.
We began our work in February 2012 with little more than a determination to support families who had nowhere else to turn. When we began the project there were only five organisations in the whole of the UK providing any intervention. The need for the service was unknown and the research and literature on the issue was very scarce as most of the support and research information came from the US and Australia.
Family Based Solutions works with the whole family to end the abuse and repair family relationships. We work with families using the solution focused approach which gives the family full control in the direction of the work and each family member has a part to play in moving the family toward their preferred future.
The family are in the role of expert rather than the practitioner as they will know their family better than we ever will. The outcome the family have identified will then be worked towards in small manageable steps.
Each family is supported in this by two practitioners who allow the opportunity for the family to discuss their issues and more importantly what will need to happen for the family to no longer need our services.