(via Therapeutic approaches to residential child care in Northern Ireland)

What is the video about?

Children and young people looked after in residential
settings have some of the highest levels of need. It is therefore
crucial that staff have the right skills and support available to them.
This film shows how children’s homes in Northern Ireland have introduced
training in ‘therapeutic approaches’ for their residential child care
staff. The approaches help staff to have a better understanding of how
children’s experiences affect them, to consider their emotional needs
and foster resilience. It focuses on the experience of staff and young
people at the Lakewood Secure Unit.

Messages for practice

  1. ‘Therapeutic approaches’ can help
    residential childcare staff to use a therapeutic perspective in their
    day-to-day social work with children and young people
  2. Staff in
    Northern Ireland reported that it had enhanced their practice,
    particularly their relationships with young people and the consistency
    of approach taken by staff.
  3. Young people also reported improved
    relationships and a better atmosphere in the homes. In the case study
    shown in the film, the young people felt that the therapeutic approaches
    had helped them to talk about their feelings, and for their behaviour
    to be understood.
  4. Implementation is helped by providing training
    and supporting materials, and wider systems working in a supportive
    manner, for example careful planning when a young person is first
    admitted to a home

Who will find this useful?

Staff and managers working in children’s homes and
secure units, and those commissioning residential services for looked
after children.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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