Following a regional review of residential child care in 2007, the five health and social care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland introduced 'therapeutic approaches' in a number of children's homes and in the regional secure units. The approaches were used to help staff understand how trauma effects children and young people. This report gives the results of an evaluation of these approaches. The five approaches evaluated were Sanctuary, CARE (Children and Residential Experiences), Social pedagogy, ARC (Attachment, Self-regulation and Competency) and MAP (Model of Attachment Practice). The evaluation looked at the evidence for each of the chosen models and explored their similarities and differences. It also gathered the experiences of key stakeholders – including managers, staff and young people – of using the models and their effects. The report also gives the results of an analysis of the patterns in reporting untoward incidents. Staff reported that the training did improve their practice and young people noticed a improved 'atmosphere'. The report is available as a pdf document and online resource.
Training resources and services
At a glance 58: Therapeutic approaches to social work in residential child care settings
The film highlights the importance of user-led organisations (ULO's) in delivering personalisation.
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
Part of Reablement
This At a glance briefing summarises research and practice evidence about reablement. It explains how to move from a traditional home care service to a new reablement service.
Evidence about what hinders people with mental health problems from working in social care, and what helps them to gain and/or retain employment
Part of Reablement
This briefing summarises research and practice evidence about reablement and explains the contribution that occupational therapists make to reablement services.
This introduction focuses on learning via the internet, often called online learning and is written specifically for small to medium sized organisations and businesses in the care sector. It is a useful resource for those who are new to elearning, as well as those who have some experience already.
This film is about a training scheme in Plymouth that helps people to protect themselves from abuse.
This briefing discusses the barriers currently faced by BME people in accessing dementia care services and some of the ways in which services can become better at responding to the needs of BME people in their locality.