Clinical & Therapeutic Care

The promotion of psychological wellbeing is central to the work and care undertaken through helping young women address and overcome the negative impact of abuse and trauma on their lives.

We provide an attachment and trauma informed model of therapeutic care practise that draws, via our clinicians, on a range of evidence based psychological approaches to aid our understanding and responses to individual and group needs. 

Evidence from a range of sources demonstrates that if traumatised children are provided with a consistent safe physical living environment, with positive 'parental' role models and clinical and other specialist support services they can build their sense of self, learn new ways of trusting and relating to others and develop pro social behaviours.

We believe that the primary context for therapeutic work and recovery occurs through the day to day relationships between the young person and their carers. Considerable emphasis is therefore placed on the role of the young person's allocated link worker and the fostering of positive attachments and a therapeutic re-parenting approach. This is based on the supposition that new and constructive behaviours can be learned by young people from carers who act as 'therapeutic parents' and relate to young people in a consistent , positive and trusting way.

Through the consistent and safe environment , the developing relationship with key carers and the support of other specialists the young person is allowed to begin to confront and work through the impact of childhood trauma, to address their self destructive behaviours and to learn new ways of successfully and confidently engaging with others.


We emphasise the value of providing staff training and psychological consultancy to enable staff to gain the psychological perspective that can give meaning to behaviour and an increased understanding of presenting difficulties, as well as to assist in the development and application of appropriate strategies and skills for responding to identified needs.

Cornerways clinical services are delivered primarily through our partnership with two independent  clinical psychologists who provide clinical guidance and support in line with the therapeutic ethos and philosophy described above.

Our Psychologists both have significant experience in working directly with looked after children who have experienced abuse, trauma, neglect and loss as well as providing support and consultation to carers and care teams in residential and fostering setting. They both have experience working in specialist CAMHS teams including forensic and LAC teams. Their theoretical underpinning and practise is most predominantly based on psychodynamic theory which supports the homes philosophy and ethos.

See staffing section for full details of our clinicians and their qualification.

The psychologist’s work within the service on a  weekly basis  meeting with  care teams , managers, young people and other professionals in  order to provide a wide range of services which include: 

  •  undertaking initial psychology/ formulation assessments of new young people and developing therapeutic care and treatment plans,
  •          Providing clinical consultation sessions for the carer team and the management team on a regular basis in order to; support the care team in applying theory to their practice and working within the stated philosophy and ethos; overseeing the implementation and effectiveness of individual therapeutic care plans and contributing to the continual development and review of risk and behaviour management plans.
  • Providing some young people with individual psychological therapy or focused direct work. The range of therapies and approaches they can provide includes, psychotherapy including Dyadic psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, DBT skills and Life story work and family therapy.
  • Liaising with the professional network or team around the child where appropriate
  • Taking a lead role with the service manger in chairing and facilitating four monthly clinical review meetings with the professional network or team around the child to review therapeutic care plans, with a focus on the progress made and identify ongoing needs, plans and objectives
  • Providing training to the care team on Therapeutic Care and Parenting focussing on the underpinning theory practise and skills that support the ethos and philosophy of the service.