The need for Assessment & Therapy
Each year, the number of children living in care is gradually increasing across the United Kingdom. One universal fact across the various care sectors is that children in care are four times more likely than their peers to experience difficulties with their mental health (Meltzer et al. 2003). These children have often experienced inconsistent caregiving, which may have been coupled with abuse and neglect.
The experience of living in traumatic, unpredictable and confusing environments can cause significant lasting difficulties, and can impact on a child’s social, emotional, physical and behavioural well-being.
As well as seeking to help the children of today, we’re thinking about the adults of tomorrow. It is evident that risks and difficulties can be carried forward into adulthood if early help and support is not sought and provided.
Often, children who are looked after in residential or foster care environments experience repeated placement breakdowns and, therefore, continued ruptured attachments. This is often due to failing to acknowledge, understand and address what needs to be done differently from the past. We can efficiently resolve the behavioural and emotional expression of such experiences and difficulties.
Our trauma-informed principles and model of care ensure we keep each child at the centre of our thinking, with a sharp focus on their experiences both past and present, and the resulting impact on their current presentation and well-being. Our practitioners have expertise in the areas of developmental trauma, disrupted attachments, parenting, fostering, adoption and residential services.
Within the Assessment and Therapy team, we:
• ensure we see and understand the child, offering practical and emotional help where appropriate.
• understand the impact of previous family dynamics, placement breakdowns and changes. This can allow us to ascertain the effect this is having on the child’s emotional wellbeing.
• guide, incorporate and encourage psychological understanding to ensure the child is appropriately supported.
• believe that the team around the child needs to work in a wholly integrated and holistically-charged manner to provide the best possible outcomes for all involved.
By doing so, we can explore how best to provide support, whether it be therapeutic or otherwise, and how to ensure we deliver the company ethos of ‘turning children’s lives around’. We aim beyond achieving secure and stable placements for every child; we seek to maximise their life-chances and potential.
We have a clear mission to provide support that creates the right experiences, while mitigating the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). With the proper care and nurture, all children and young people have the right to harness their innate capacity to recover from their experiences. We give them that opportunity.