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Attachment & Trauma Informed Care

What is Attachment & Trauma-Informed Care (ATIC model®)?

For over 31 years, Five Rivers has been at the forefront of developing and informing practice around what works in Turning Children’s Lives Around who have been impacted by trauma, abuse and neglect.

The ATIC model® represents a significant step forward in offering evidence-based, attachment and trauma-responsive, and sensitive approach to addressing the impacts of adversity experienced by many children and young people.

Piloted and developed for over four years in a specialist residential service, our approach is designed for children under the age of 12 years old who require support to attain a secure and stable transition to foster care. Due to the significant attainments made by the children and evidenced outcomes (service has achieved Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ every year since its implementation), the approach has been expanded and is offered across ATIC services.

Our approach is multi-dimensional, meaning we ensure no matter where in the organisational culture a child, member of staff or carer is, there is a ‘felt’ sense of safety and predictability. This is so we can ensure we create and maintain optimal ATIC-sensitive practice and care environments in our homes, schools and therapy centres. Our approach is woven into the fundamental patterns, routines, habits, and the collective relational style demonstrated within Five Rivers.

ATIC is an organisation-wide model, with our staff practising a complementary, transparent, empowering, and collaborative approach at all levels, embedded by a series of training offered to all staff to ensure consistency. Our Proactive Approaches behavioural management training ,which takes place over five days for all front-line staff, is based on knowledge relating to attachment and trauma.

Our clear and structured methodology supports staff members within our organisation to facilitate and maintain an environment that restores the level of consistency needed in an optimal relationally based practice for reversing the impacts of trauma, abuse and neglect.

These elements are embedded into two pathways: one for children and the other for our staff and carers, which include multiple components.

The child’s pathway is specifically designed to harness what we know ‘works’ in assisting children to recover from the impacts of adversity, trauma, abuse and neglect. This includes several interrelated elements, such as our targeted ATIC assessment process to track and monitor outcomes and to inform the therapeutic plan, the sensitive ATIC relational approaches used by staff, to the psychotherapeutic approaches used by the Assessment & Therapy team to address attachment, trauma and dissociation.

The staff and carer pathway is informed by some of the most current and relevant theories and approaches to certify that our staff and carers are sufficiently equipped to provide healing relational care, and includes a unique approach to developing and maintaining professional resiliency when working with traumatised children.

Attachment & Trauma-Informed Care (ATIC model®) in Our Children’s Homes

All of our residential children’s homes adopt our Trauma Informed Care model to understand a child or young person’s past and present, and determine the best level of care for the best possible future.

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