Ethos and Methodology
Our staff believe all children and young people have the potential to change. We believe they can adapt to new environments, learn to develop positive relationships and live in a socially acceptable way. We are committed to residential care as a means of assisting young people resolving the problems which lead to their referral. Following an assessment period and once settled in a stable environment we recognise the importance of ensuring young people have a committed established team who will endeavour to fully address their needs.
We offer a flexible, dynamic and creative service which aims to stabilise young people in mid to long-term placements. Our ethos is deeply rooted in a belief that young people who have had traumatic home experiences and thus frequently present testing behaviours should have a period of stability and calm in order to benefit from the opportunity to reach their potential for successful independent living. For such young people caring is not always enough, they need professional parenting – which allows them to grow emotionally, socially and intellectually.
We encourage all young people to be involved as much as possible in all house decisions. They will have their own room and will be treated with dignity and respect. The welfare of the young person is given absolute priority to assist them in overcoming the difficulties they have encountered in their short lives. Every effort is given to ensure that young people are given the chance to develop positive self-esteem and learn the confidence and skills required for a successful transition into adulthood. Their team encourage self monitoring and self evaluation in the young people’s keywork meetings which helps to promote self esteem by helping them to identify personal failure and success. They have a keyworker of their choice and are encouraged to participate in house meetings with other residents.
We facilitate change with the following methods:
- Teaching Family model
- Behavioural Management leading to behavioural modification
- Pro-Social Learning models
- Encouraging Self monitoring and self evaluation through keywork