Psychological Support for Residential Care Providers
Do you want to develop a specialist therapeutic provision that evidences improved outcomes?
We offer a bespoke consultancy and therapeutic service for providers of residential children’s care.
We have over 20 years’ experience working within residential childcare, and work within one of the leading private providers of therapeutic residential care in the country.
Meadows Psychology Service was developed to allow us to offer our clinical expertise, skills, and specialist trauma-informed knowledge to other residential providers across the country.
A growing number of childcare provisions across the country are opting for our “gold standard” package of wraparound support for their children’s homes. This includes:
An allocated Meadows Psychology Service Consultant (Lead Psychological Therapist).
Your MPS consultant will have a regular, weekly presence within the home. Your consultant will get to know you, your team, and your young people; ensuring the service provided is personal, needs-led and responsive.
A full, comprehensive psychological assessment of each young person.
The initial assessment will be undertaken over a 12-week period and is subsequently updated in line with a young person’s Child Looked After reviews. This aims to provide the staff team with a greater awareness of each young person’s individual strengths and difficulties, and guidance on therapeutic ways of working to support each child in a way that is trauma-informed and responsive. Where needed, our consultants can also undertake more specialist assessments, e.g., cognitive assessments or assessments of risk (e.g., AIM3).
Monthly consultation meetings led by your allocated consultant, tailored to the individual needs of the young people and staff team.
Monthly consultations are held to support the staff team in gaining the skills and confidence needed to work therapeutically with the young people in your care. This provides a space to explore the realms of working in complex systems with young people who have experienced trauma and provides a space for reflection and therapeutic care planning.
Individual Therapy for Children and Young People
Once a comprehensive psychological assessment (see above) has been undertaken, our specialist clinical team can deliver tailored therapeutic interventions with each young person. Our professional team of consultants have extensive experience of working with young people who have experienced significant attachment disruptions. We understand that establishing safety within the therapeutic relationship is paramount and, as such, the approach to, and pace of, therapeutic work is carefully planned in accordance with a young person’s initial psychological assessment.
Regular Liaison with Other Relevant Professionals, Families, and Carers.
At Meadows Psychology Service, we recognise the importance of providing evidence-based, trauma-informed support to young people, their families, and the range of professionals involved in a child’s care throughout their placement. Our professional team of psychologists, psychological therapists and assistant psychologist keep in regular contact with the team around the child and can provide psychologically informed advice and guidance on request and when in attendance at multi-agency professional meetings (e.g., PEP meetings, CLA Reviews).
Training and Development
Meadows Psychology Service offer bespoke training packages which aim to equip staff with the skills and knowledge needed to work with young people who have experienced developmental trauma. We recommended that all staff undertake our 2-day ‘Developmental Trauma and Attachment’ training package, and we also offer a selection of other training packages suitable for residential settings (link training page?). Further, bespoke packages of training can be developed specific to the needs of your service/staff team upon request.
Trauma-Informed Supervision for Senior Residential Staff and Registered Managers.
At Meadows Psychology Service, we are committed to supporting you to implement a fully integrated, trauma-informed system of residential care. Our experienced clinical staff can offer supervision to managers and senior staff; providing a safe space for staff to navigate the complex and unique challenges they face when working with young people who have experienced developmental trauma.
The supervisory relationship is key to effective supervision. Our practitioners seek to work alongside staff members to build a relationship that is based on respect, compassion, collaboration, and trust.
Our team have a wealth of experience in the sector and support the development of outcome monitoring systems to monitor and evidence the progress of the young people you support.
Bespoke Packages of Support
We also offer bespoke packages of support specifically tailored to meet the needs of your service. To book a free initial consultation to explore how we can support you and your team, please submit your contact details on our online enquiry form or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our work in this area has included:
Setting up of new residential homes
Embedding an evidence based therapeutic model
Specialist psychological consultation to residential staff teams
Developing outcome monitoring systems
Reflective practice and supervision with managers
Reflective practice with staff teams
Bespoke training in response to presenting needs
Individual support to residential workers around specific therapeutic interventions
I was delighted that our MPS consultant at Meadows Psychology Service, was able to offer her therapeutic services and support our company’s growth in what I hope will be a sustained partnership.Residential Children’s Home 3
Our MPS Consultant is really supportive of staff especially following very difficult situations that arise in this field of work. All students that have sessions with our MPS Consultant do appear to be coping much better, we have seen a significant change.Headteacher, SEN School
I was delighted that our MPS consultant at Meadows Psychology Service, was able to offer her therapeutic services and support our company’s growth in what I hope will be a sustained partnership.Residential Children’s Home 1
Our MPS consultant’s reports and Therapeutic care Plans are extremely professional with one social worker commenting ‘The MPS consultant’s presence in the home is a huge strength and her recent report was outstanding’.Residential Children’s Home 2