“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all at Aidenswood, I have been very impressed at the level of care and the high standards of efficiency you practice.”
Specialist Therapeutic Services
Our specialist homes work in partnership with Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Service (CCATS).
The homes offer bespoke therapeutic services, providing care and full time education for young men with complex needs including harmful sexualised behaviour. Many of these young people will have endured traumatic lives. Therefore we place emphasis on providing a nurturing, safe and supportive environment in which we offer a holistic and evidence based therapeutic service.
With high staff consistency and retention, our homes have a history of strong and stable placements.
Each young person is supported by a key worker and case holder team who work closely with psychologists/therapists, teachers, placing authorities and other agencies. Together, they identify the work to be done, while making sure the emotional wellbeing and development is in line with the therapeutic programme set up for each young person.
Support for families
Key workers act as the point of contact for the young person’s family members, who often struggle to come to terms with the events that have led to their child being placed in a specialist provision. They help families understand the potential areas of concern relating to harmful sexual behaviour and offer ongoing support following the placement of their child.
Key workers also work closely with our onsite schools, supporting completion of homework or revision. They also encourage young people to complete ‘out of session’ work set by therapists.
Our relationship with CCATS adds an extra dimension to our specialist homes. CCATS’ bespoke service is tailored to meet the individual needs of each young person. Having access to a diverse range of skills and experiences within the clinical team, CCATS is able to provide a wide spectrum of assessments and interventions. Given the complex nature of many young people within specialist residential care this is essential to meet their varied needs. Empirically based, reliable and validated assessment tools are employed as one aspect of our psychological assessments of risk, well-being, strengths, and need. Cognitive functioning assessments may also be undertaken to inform the delivery of care, education and therapeutic interventions. CCATS offers a strengths-based treatment pathway for aggression management and harmful sexual behaviour through empirically based treatment programmes such as the widely recognised Life Minus Violence Enhanced™ and innovative Life Minus Violence – Harmful Sexual Behaviour Version™. Such modular treatment programmes can be tailored to meet the needs of each young person and modules also run in isolation dependent upon need. Intervention may include motivational enhancement and goal setting, self-esteem, social skills, emotional recognition, regulation and effective coping, healthy masculinity, information processing, consequential thinking and empathy enhancement, relationship skills, and relapse prevention. The CCATS team includes HCPC registered psychologists and BACP registered therapists.