Woodend home is situated in a beautiful rural location, ideally placed to care for young people aged 7+ who require a high level of emotional support. The home for 3 or 4, enables young people who have difficulty regulating their emotions to express, explore and develop.
Therapeutic assessment enables long term stable care for young people who have complex emotional needs. 1:1 nurturing care, underpinned by the principles of PACE facilitates empathetic responding and an attachment rich environment. This rural home allows children access to much outdoor play. An accepting approach to caring for children gently allows new ways of behaving to emerge. 2:1 Care can be available at this home depending on numbers within the home and the matching of needs.
Staff use the PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) principles to underpin our attachment based care. This is effective for young people who experience overwhelming emotions and anxiety. The aim is for individuals to understand themselves, their emotions and their reactions more fully and develop positive coping strategies. To facilitate learning and opportunity we use practical strategies to support the functioning of a child’s whole brain. Lots of movement based techniques link the body with the brain, the sensations experienced and we give a vocabulary to these powerfully felt emotions so a child can practice talking about them and noticing them. This encourages thinking and the practice of new choices, whilst validating the survival techniques used to date.
A Multi-agency approach enables us to support vulnerable children and young people and the key staff who care for them. Individual psychotherapy or young people, weekly clinical staff meetings decode complex behaviour and personal supervision achieves this objective.
Transition work supports young people to learn the skills needed to cope with independent living: practically and emotionally. Learning how to stay safe and understand personal responsibility are core elements underpinning the emotional transition of leaving care and living more independently.
As therapeutic carers we:
- Understand how trauma and attachment affects the child’s brain and development and is shown through their actions and behaviours
- Are able to interpret the Childs action correctly
- Know the child’s history which helps decode behaviour
- Are able to react consciously and with empathy to the child’s behaviour, rather than emotionally.
- Receive excellent support and supervision
- Recognise compassion fatigue and blocked care within our own practice.