Many children who passed through our doors went on to live in multiple placements and were not able to settle down. This was always a frustration of the Directors and staff at J&R Care. In 2004, we employed a new Registered Manager for the home. He came to us after working for many years in a therapeutic community doing long term work and he wanted to work with emergency placements. It was not long into his role before he was as frustrated as we were about the children who passed through our doors only for them to be sent onto other emergency homes and repeat assessments.What was needed was a long term commitment from us to working with such children. It was decided that, given the most important need of the children referred to us was for stability, we should change our remit and plan to work with all referrals for longer periods. This allowed staff to develop stronger attachments with the children and provide the children with the much needed stability they longed for in a placement.A key part of this stability centred around the capability of staff to work, for long periods, with violent and very damaged children. The key to enabling staff to do this centrered around helping staff to learn about the underlying unconscious processes at work within both themselves and the child. In doing this we were able to sustain our commitment to very challenging children for much longer periods of time and through the relationships formed with them able to progress and settle children to the point where they were able to have successes in other areas such as education and in some cases with progression into foster care or rehabilitation back into their family homes. We also undertook family work as part of this process to enable a smooth transition and we see this as an important part of the work we do.Many of the children who came to live with us were not receiving education so we employed a tutor who would come in for two hours each morning to teach the children. After a while we realised that this was not enough and after several failed attempts at supporting the children in external EBD schools only for them to still be excluded due to their destructive behaviours, we decided it was time to think more creatively about the education of the children we were caring for.Subsequently, we moved the home to a better location which had larger grounds and much more scope for development. We renovated an old garage block into a school room and an activity room and employed a teacher to come in for three hours a day and teach the children. We registered as an Independent Special School and concentrated on ASDAN awards as the children seemed to enjoy the practical element of this way of learning. Again this went well for a while, but it still was not enough.
Many children who passed through our doors went on to live in multiple placements and were not able to settle down. This was always a frustration of the Directors and staff at J&R Care. In 2004, we employed a new Registered Manager for the home. He came to us after working for many years in a therapeutic community doing long term work and he wanted to work with emergency placements. It was not...Read More
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