Our beliefs an ethos
Our services ethos is to provide a safe, valuing environment for children where they can develop skills and abilities to successfully move back to their family or into adult life.
We understand that some of the negative behaviour displayed by young people is a reaction to dysfunction in the home, school and community. Often, when faced with such difficulties they do not have the right coping mechanisms to deal with
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difficult situations. This can lead them to running away, getting involved in anti-social behaviour, self-harming and increasing their vulnerability. Woodford Children’s Home are dedicated to providing high quality residential care to children and young people (CYP) who, due to circumstances in their young lives, require accommodation and the support of a trained staff team to address and deal with issues that make them vulnerable.
Our approach to childcare is one of nurturing and centres on healthy emotional and social development.
We employ staff who are skilled and experienced and then train them to our deliver our high level of care. We only employ staff who are flexible, responsive and innovative in meeting the needs of children who can be challenging and need a holistic and multi-agency approach to their care.
We then train these staff in communication techniques to allow them to engage with our young people on a deeper level and ensure that their time spent with us is restorative and transformation Our residential services benefit from clinical oversight from a consultant psychotherapist, their role is firstly to assist in reviewing referrals to match their needs with the existing household, this is done in conjunction with the registered manager who has overall authority on the decision to offer a placement or not.
This assessment also begins to inform what our long-term care plan would be for them. Once placement is made our psychotherapist will carry out an initial psychological assessment of the child, informed by the records of the support workers. From this assessment an in-house care plan will be developed and followed by all staff over the next 3-6 months, our psychotherapist will then review and update as necessary depending on the progress of the child. If additional outside resource is required this will be identified and arranged. The group analyst and psychotherapist work together to ensure our integrated systemic support is delivered.
The main function of our psychotherapist’s role is to assess the inner world of the child once placed and work in collaboration with the group analyst, the registered manager and the support workers, in order to establish the formulation of the treatment for each individual child. Our in-house psychotherapist may also carry out individual psychotherapy in addition to the group-work in which our services specialise.
Our approach at Woodford Children’s Home is based on the premise that the welfare of children and young people is paramount. Our care provided is based upon the recognition that children and young people require safety, space, clear boundaries, opportunities for growth, time to reflect and to be encouraged and supported to be involved in the decision-making process that affects their lives
In our view the single most important factor in bringing about change and development, is the positive relationship between staff and the young people. To ensure that the young person’s care plan and identified needs are fully met.
Our ‘keyworker’ system includes:
- Structured weekly sessions with the young person which takes the form of personal coaching/mentoring
- Co-ordination of their care plan and discussion the young person’s progress at the weekly staff meetings
- Liaison with the young person’s allocated social worker and others involved in the professional network