Our team of local therapists conduct comprehensive risk assessments and therapeutic interventions, aiming to support the overall emotional wellbeing of children and young people as well as promoting recovery and strengthening skills for safety with the child and family. On the first quarter alone we had 28 enquiries, most of which translated into live referrals. In the first 4 months we have completed 9 risk assessments and are working on our first therapeutic piece of work.
Our risk assessments use a holistic approach to consider the whole child and address concerning behaviours, underlying issues of trauma, development, learning and attachment anxieties. It is anticipated that the service will complete 60 risk assessments per year.
Our therapeutic interventions consists of a 10 session programme designed to resolve any underlying trauma and attachment anxieties in the young person and family. The process increases resilience and resources and provides supervision and support to the family or school, aiming to equip them with the skills to support the young person and promote recovery and normative development. Each programme is bespoke to the individual and uses a range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques appropriate to their needs and level of understanding, including cognitive behavioural therapy, creative therapies and family systemic therapy. We deliver a mixed session model combining network meetings, one-to-one sessions and joint child-parent and family sessions.
Children and young people who exhibit sexually harmful behaviours are supported in maintaining emotional well-being and developing resilience and report an improvement in their behaviour. Families report that they have the information, skill, and confidence to promote positive emotional and sexual health in order to understand and reduce the likelihood of repeat behaviour, help build resilience and appropriately support children and young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviour. Parents/carers of young people receiving support from the service report improvement in the child’s well-being/behaviour both at the end of the intervention and 12 months later. Social workers and other professionals attain greater skill and confidence in supporting these children/young people.