Our group of Therapeutic Children's homes work with children who have suffered complex trauma. Our specific aim to is to work with children from ages 4-12 to stop the cycle of placement breakdowns, to ensure that they have a clear road to recovery with the aim that they can live happy and successful lives back within a family environment.
Our service is made up of three teams: our operations team, our clinical team and our education partners. The operation team is made up of over 150 staff, who are all trained in therapeutic approach and complex trauma. Our clinical team is supported by a dedicated support team, comprising of Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapist, Art & Drama Psychotherapist, Life Story Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists. We also offer with our education partners access to a SEMH school within each locality.
Training our team is at the very centre of our therapeutic practice and all staff receive training in Therapeutic Parenting, Attachment, House Model of Parenting, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy). Each home is also supported by an assistant psychologist that works within the home to offer support at every level of the child's journey. Our clinical team also work closely with the school to ensure that the school is run in a therapeutic and psychologically informed way.
Our work is informed by the outcomes of the assessments, where the operational and clinical team will gather a history from the young person and then prepare a formulation based on that information, from which we will determine the possible aim(s) of any therapeutic intervention in a collaborative way. The outcome of this will determine if to support the child's progress and recovery with Individual Direct Therapy, Life Story Work, Indirect Therapy or Holistic Intervention.
All the work carried out in our service is based on our Therapeutic model known as the STEP Framework (this framework aims to be Sensory, Totally inclusive, Enabling and to facilitate personal positive Progression). The STEP Framework recognises and encompasses three specific phases that each child will go through. Those phases are Stabilisation - the 'settling in period' and involves getting to grips with the basics in their new home, on average this may take three months, the Strengthening phase - each child is further developing their skills, learning new ones and addressing their needs, and finally the Transition phase, which is the phase in which each young person is preparing to move out of their placement to somewhere new.
Progress in our homes is further monitored by the CAP (Cambian Assessment Programme) outcomes measure which we complete for each child on a monthly basis and this helps us track their progress and identify areas for further development.
On Placement: Baseline CAP: within seven days
One Month: Summary report, Assessments: CAP, CGAS (Children's Global Assessment Scale), initial clinical forumilation, initial plan of therapy, initial risk assessment
Three Months: TSC-C (Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children), LAC (Looked After Child) Report
Fortnightly: TAC (Team Around Child) Meetings
Monthly: Summary report with CAP, Reflective Practice Group for staff, Clinical Supervision on interventions at home
Six Months: TSC-C , LAC Report
For Discharge: Transition Report with clear recommendations
If you would like some advice or more information on our services and what we can do for you, email us here, or call 0800 644 6170 to discuss a referral in confidence.