Support for residential care homesMost children with a history of developmental trauma are subsequently looked after in foster families or adoptive families until adulthood. However, for a proportion of these children, their needs are such that they are unable to manage the demands of a family living environment and a group living residential children's home is considered.
Placement commissioners are becoming increasingly interested in the capacity of specialist independent residential placements to provide "wraparound" care packages, to incorporate residential, education & therapeutic components. This is particularly so for children & young people presenting with more complex difficulties and where the value of psychological support to care & education staff is crucial in maintaining a quality care experience for the young people in placement.
Conatus has been working on a contract basis with several care providers, for many years, offering a combination of specialist clinical child psychology services including psychological assessment, consultation, training to care staff and direct therapeutic work with young people in placement. Our clients include both larger organisations with a significant presence in independent residential care provision and smaller providers with one or two therapeutic homes.
The benefits for stakeholders are manifold: