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Nurture home with education for 7-11 year olds, Leeds.
Five Rivers is pleased to announce that Fountain House, Leeds, (Ofsted rating "Good") is re-opening on 7th August 2014 after complete refurbishment and redesign based on our 25 years' experience and following consultations with regional local authority colleagues who have identified a need for more placement options for younger children.
More than a children's home and DfE registered school (key stages 2 and 3) Fountain House will provide a safe, nurturing and enriching sanctuary which will reclaim childhoods and act as a therapeutic bridge to restore children to their full potential. Our psychotherapists, experienced manager, residential care team and education staff will use a model of trauma and attachment informed practice and work in an integrated way with colleagues in our Fostering service and in the local authorities.
We will help children through re-parenting to heal and recover from their traumatic experiences and work towards a placement with Five Rivers' own highly-supported and specially selected and trained foster carers. Children who will be suitable for the service will be identifiable through a pattern of breaking down foster placements - we aim to provide the right placement first time and next time.
Children will be aged between 7 - 11 years old on admission and there will be indications of behavioural and emotional difficulties as a result of complex trauma (attachment or trauma symptoms). Fountain House will open on the 7th of August but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place on our open day which will be held before then.
Five Rivers Child Care is a social enterprise and has achieved 25 years of partnership with local authorities.<
Trauma & Attachment informed practice for children in residential & foster care
Community Care Live (May 2014) Presentation by Richard Cross & Linda Moss
Five Rivers Child Care attended Community Care and gave a talk on Trauma and Attachment informed practice for children in residential and foster care. It was felt to be so helpful that it was repeatedin the afternoon and generated many questions from practitioners.
When a child has been abused and neglected they have often suffered physical trauma directly or by witnessing it with others and we now know that this impedes their physiological development and their brain capacity - theysuffer emotional and physical developmental delays and have problems with learning.
Foster carers and residential staff at Five Rivers are being trained on an ongoing basis as research informs our practice, to help work with the traumatised child. In addition a child will often have problems with poor attachment, the two making each other worse. Our work helps us identify the types of help a child needs while they are in placement and gives us 'every day' ways of working - even by the non-professional therapist.
This being part of the professional therapeutic team is what helps Five Rivers get results for the children they care for. It is part of what makes our carers commit to above and beyond what many will do.
Five Rivers challenges the local authorities to make commitments to their children's placements to allow sufficient time to work with the children and make a real difference.
Where there are good partnership relationships this has really benefited the children in their residential and fostering placements. We have excellent successes in placements lasting well despite being sorely tested.
Understanding Complex Trauma
By Richard Cross, Head of Practice Development
Children and young people in the “looked-after” sector are frequently dealing with issues related to complex trauma. This needs to be understood and held by those seeking to work therapeutically with the children and young people, and in working with the adults who care for them.
These young people will almost inevitably be dealing with separation issues, having been removed from their initial primary carers; in many cases,they may have several moves of placement before finally reaching a permanent, healthy, effective home. Indeed, there is a not insignificant number who continue “bouncing” through the system until they reach adulthood.