Specialist Residential Care

Our residential care service specialises in providing therapeutic care for an all female client group aged 12-18 with EBSD and complex needs resulting largely but not exclusively from early life experiences of abuse, neglect and trauma.

The provision of Residential Care is most usually combined with attendance at our own Cornfield school for a fully integrated package of therapeutic care and education, but we do also offer residential only placements when other education is deemed more suitable and is available locally.

Typically the young women placed present with a range of behaviours, difficulties and coping mechanisms arising from their negative life experiences. These include low self esteem, attachment difficulties, difficulties with emotional regulation, possibly leading to aggression, destructive behaviour and extreme emotional distress, as well as risk taking and risky behaviours including self harm, alcohol and substance misuse, running away and sexually inappropriate behaviour.

By working therapeutically with the young women we aim to build their resilience and help them to understand and reverse or greatly reduce the impact of previous trauma on their behaviour, self esteem and emotional and social development. Further through providing good support to our staff we can ensure they work confidently, effectively and consistently with the young woman in their care to meet their needs.

Overall we aim to provide a structured, secure and nurturing, family group style environment from which young people can grow into emotionally stable and confident adults.

The work is medium to long term depending on the purpose of the placement and the initial focus is on helping the young women to feel safe and contained, to gain a sense of belonging, and to start to build attachments to key carers. This provides the emotional 'holding' that will enable the young women to begin to move on and progress positively in their lives.

We pride ourselves in supporting the young women to make positive transitions to and from our homes.

Some of the young women placed move from welfare secure settings or from mental health settings and for these young women we often commence our work and relationship building several weeks or even months prior to them moving to us to promote a successful transition. For others the timescales for planning can be much shorter , but we none the less aim to do all we can in the time available to achieve a positive, child centred transition and will work creatively in whatever way we can to this end.

We also carefully plan and prepare young women for moving on from us in accordance with their care plans and, where appropriate and requested by the placing authority, provide outreach packages to support the move. We have successfully supported young women moving to foster placements, semi independent living or returning to live with their families in this way.

When young people move on to independent living and our formal role ends we offer an open door to stay in touch in recognition of the important attachments and relationships made. Evidence also shows that continuing contact with previous carers is a key factor in supporting future positive mental health in care leavers.

We offer a high ratio of staff to young women which range from a minimum of 1:2 to 3:4 staff to young woman as standard. In addition to this we will provide inclusive 1:1 staffing to individual young women to meet emergency or short term identified needs. If the need is or becomes longer term then this can also be provided at an additional cost.

Short term 1:1 staffing is often utilised to support a safe and successful transition into placement especially where a young person is deemed high risk or moving from a more secure environment.