The Caldecott Foundation started as a therapeutic community more than a century ago and, although we have moved away from this, we believe very passionately that therapy plays a vital role in our work. This applies to case management as well as, where appropriate, providing 1:1 therapy for the emotionally damaged and vulnerable children and young people in our care.
We have our own in house professional therapy team, including a Clinical Psychologist who is involved in assessing young people when they are initially placed with us and throughout their time in our care.
We are often asked this question. The answer is simply that we offer the appropriate combination of therapies to meet the needs of the individual young person. This might be based around art therapy or play therapy but the support we offer depends on need and not on a “one size fits all” approach.
We use an MBT (Mentalisation Based Therapy) framework. Mentalisation is the capacity to understand both behaviour and feelings and how they are associated with specific mental states, not just in ourselves, but in others as well. All of our care and education teams have been trained in these techniques.
We invest heavily in comprehensive training packages for all our staff and we have in house qualified PRICE (Protecting Rights in a Caring Environment) trainers, as well as de-escalation, restorative justice and CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) specialist courses delivered in house.
Our weekly case management meetings and group supervisions use a mentalising approach to understanding the young people’s behaviours. This enables our therapy team members support our staff teams to improve their effectiveness when working with our young people.
Each of our care homes has a dedicated therapist who works with them so that they really get to know both the staff and the young people. Care staff will discuss each young person’s needs in their weekly meetings and will agree a support package for the individual.
For all new placements, an initial case management meeting is held to discuss the young person’s needs and presenting behaviours, any immediate actions required. An initial plan for therapy is made at this point.
Our in house Quality Assurance team conducts regular audits working with the new Children’s Homes Quality Standards framework to support the teams and ensure high standards of care are maintained.
The young person’s Key Worker will complete a monthly report involving the young person, the home’s Registered Manager and the therapist. The report details the aims and objectives for the coming month and this is available to all stakeholders.
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