Therapeutic Support for Residential Children’s Homes

Do you want to develop a specialist therapeutic provision that evidences improved outcomes?

About our service

We offer a bespoke consultancy and therapeutic service for providers of residential children’s homes.

We specialise in developing therapeutic practice in residential children’s homes, working to enhance and develop the skills of those looking after children who have experienced developmental and relational trauma. With over two decades of experience in the field we are proud to be the leading provider of psychological services in the country.

Through our work with residential children’s homes we aim to:

  • Enhance psychological understanding of the needs of children and young people
  • Embed evidence based therapeutic models of care
  • Develop skills in therapeutic parenting and therapeutic practice
  • Support team cohesion
  • Create meaningful change for both your staff teams and children and young people in your services

We truly believe that in order to support children and young people to heal from their experiences of trauma the system around them needs to work therapeutically: “relational trauma requires relational repair”. The evidence tells us that the relational environment a child lives in is the most important aspect for supporting them to experience safety and security in their relationships with carers. We believe that in supporting the system we are supporting the child and we want to provide your employees with the therapeutic guidance and tools they need to be the best therapeutic parents.

Comprehensive Training Packages

We offer a range of services to Residential Children’s Homes. We will work with you to develop a bespoke package of support that meets your needs and the needs of the children and young people you look after:

Psychological Consultation

Psychological Consultation provides a safe space to explore the needs of the young people you support alongside the challenges of looking after young people who have experienced significant trauma. These sessions can include intervention planning, safeguarding and risk management sharing resources that will support you in your service. Utilising psychological theories of attachment and trauma informed principles we will provide you with therapeutic strategies and support. 

Psychological Formulation

Psychological formulation is a structured process used by psychologists and mental health professionals to understand an individual’s difficulties within a broader psychological framework. Through our support we will work with you to understand a young persons story and begin to tentatively make sense how these experiences have influenced their beliefs about themselves, others and the world, how they have developed strategies to keep themselves safe and how their underlying feelings shape the behaviours we see. Psychological formulation provides a way for us to understand the complex interplay of factors contributing to a young person’s difficulties, it also helps us to guide therapeutic interventions. Finally, formulation provides a shared language and framework of understanding so teams are able to work consistently to support the psychological needs of young people.

Clear Presence To Embed Therapeutic Practice

We want to work closely with you to understand your service and teams. Our MPS consultants will embed into your homes and get to know the staff teams. We work relationally and know that the greatest outcomes will be achieved when we work together and understand each other.

Reflective Practice

Reflective practice enables teams to reflect on key themes and challenges in their work, and understand the emotional impact of working with children who have experienced trauma. Everyone brings their own experiences into working with children and sometimes we can experience our own relational triggers in work. It is helpful to understand these. We thread reflective practice through all our work in residential children’s homes but also offer reflective spaces. 

Staff Wellbeing Services

We understand that working in residential care is both a rewarding and challenging journey. We offer staff wellbeing services to support the emotional needs of staff teams. This can include training around supervision, embedding a supervision framework, wellbeing days, check in calls, 1:1 support and signposting to appropriate services.

Clinical and Reflective Supervision

We understand the critical importance of clinical and reflective supervision in promoting professional growth and enhancing the quality of care. We can provide a supportive and collaborative environment where practitioners can explore complex cases, reflect on their practice, and gain valuable insights to inform their work. Through a combination of clinical expertise and reflective practice principles, our supervision sessions empower practitioners to deepen their understanding, refine their skills, and enhance their effectiveness in supporting clients. 

Specialist Psychological Assessments

A psychological assessment is a structured process for gathering information, and understanding a young person’s psychological functioning, cognitive abilities, personality traits and emotional and social wellbeing.  We utilise a variety of assessment tools including both standardised and idiographic measures. We have practitioners including forensic psychologists who specialise in the assessment of complex risk including risk of violence and assessment of harmful sexual behaviour. 

Psychological Therapy

Our team of consultants have extensive experience 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 psychological assessment.

Outcomes Monitoring

All the services we deliver are supported by a robust outcomes monitoring framework to ensure that we are able to evidence the impact of the work we are completing with you and to be able to provide you evidence to your commissioners, social workers of the therapeutic input you are embedding.

Resources For Staff Teams

We are proud to be able to offer a large resource bank for your service. This includes keyworker tools such as workbooks, mental health information and guides, resources for you to complete direct work, and resources for staff. 

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

Meadows Psychology Services

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.

Meadows Psychology Services

Young Person A is eager to learn and progress academically and she has shown true determination over the last twelve months. With the correct level of support, namely from her current home and their therapeutic input, she has thrived. I would suggest that with this continued level of support, she will secure good grades in her final year.

Young Person A currently has stability in her living arrangement and high levels of therapeutic input from the in-house therapist and should [school] remain committed to supporting Young Person A, I am certain that she will prosper.

Meadows Psychology Services

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.

Meadows Psychology Services

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.

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Meadows Psychology Service

Meadows Psychology Service, Egerton House, Wardle Road, Rochdale, OL12 9EN
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