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What makes us unique?

Our Foster carers are top of the list…

Our ‘wrap around’ package for foster carers, their families and children is unique to our agency.

Our Pathway fostering program means we know the children we transition to live in a family.  Education and therapy moves with the child and the previous care team remained involved to support foster carers where needed.

We know all our foster carers and their families – better still all our foster carers know us and they don’t need to explain who they are when they contact us.

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Message from Dr Emma Crawford
(Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

“Many of the children and young people placed with us have experienced neglect and trauma. The effects of these early childhood experiences are often communicated through a child’s behaviour or ability to form and sustain relationships. Replacing these negative experiences is really important.”

“I was worried about a child moving from a residential home but the plan was over weeks and by the time they moved in, they were part of the family” (foster carer)

“The pathway is really special because you get ongoing support from the therapist and the child’s previous keyworker came to visit every couple of weeks after Tim moved in” (foster carer)

  • The average referral for clinical support is accepted and allocated within 5 days.
  • This means foster carers are provided with additional support, advice and guidance without delay, which can be very important when extra help is needed with fostering.
  • The same referral timescales apply for children and young people, cutting out waiting lists and time compared to pursuing referrals though a GP.
  • Integrating both clinical and social work expertise, we support our foster carers to understand and use Attachment Focused Parenting.
  • Following the Core Practice model of understanding and managing complex needs, our clinical based program supports relationship building with children and young people when first placed with foster carers.

Clinical Psychologists deal with a wide range of mental and physical health difficulties including anxiety, depression, and the impact of trauma on development. They undertake psychological assessments to understand of a young person’s presentation and to recommend interventions. There are a variety of assessment methods available including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour. Assessment may lead to signposting, psycho-education, group work, and one-to-one work. Clinical Psychologists use a wide variety of therapeutic techniques including, cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic therapy, and integrative therapy.

The role of the Forensic Psychologist involves the assessment of risk (e.g. criminal behaviours, sexualised behaviours, child sexual exploitation, violence and self-harm) for young people and those around them. Forensic Psychologists use prevention techniques and interventions in order to avoid potential risk behaviours.

Psychotherapists work with individuals, couples, families and groups to help them overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues. Psychotherapists use personal treatment plans and a variety of non-medical-based treatments to: address the individual’s thought processes, feelings and behaviour; understand inner conflicts; find new ways to deal with, and alleviate, distress.
Psychotherapy usually involves talking, but other methods may be used – for example, play, art, music, drama and movement.

Educational psychology is concerned with children and young people in educational and early years settings. Educational psychologists tackle challenges such as learning difficulties, social and emotional problems, issues around disability as a well as more complex developmental disorders. They work in a variety of ways including observations, interviews and assessments and offer consultation, advice and support to teachers, parents and the wider community as well as the young people concerned. They research innovative ways of helping vulnerable young people and often train teachers, learning support assistants and others working with children.

Occupational Therapists help people of all ages with physical, mental and social disabilities to independently carry out everyday tasks or jobs with more independence and confidence. An Occupational Therapist may develop an individualised treatment programme for a client and may introduce equipment that will aid the client in their activities. Interventions are reviewed periodically in order to evaluate its progress and make changes where needed.

Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) assess and treat babies, children and adults who have various levels of speech, language and communication problems, or difficulties in swallowing, drinking or eating. The role includes dealing with a diverse client group, including people with physical and learning disabilities, hearing loss/deafness, psychiatric disorders or dementia, and could treat a range of conditions, including cleft palate, stammering, language delay and voice disorders.

The Assistant Psychologists seek to support the clinical team in relation to undertaking assessments, report writing, carrying out observations, updating databases, carrying out one-to-one or group interventions, research and audit.
All work carried out by the Assistant Psychologists is supervised by a qualified clinician and the clinical team lead.

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Our Clinical Team

“The fostering team are like an extended family, you can always talk to someone and I’ve always felt supported” – foster carer”