The Secure/Close Support focuses on a continuum of care for boys/girls. The young people accessing the service are likely to have histories of emotional and physical neglect: some may have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse and exploitation and may have frequently placed themselves in danger by engaging in behaviours that place them or others at risk.
In addition they will often have attachment difficulties and will have generally experienced a number of moves in care. We view a placement with us as a positive opportunity where the young person can begin to recognise, and reach, his/her full potential emotionally, socially, educationally and spiritually.
Our approach can be defined as eclectic as it is understood that no one theory can adequately respond to the complex feelings, needs and behaviours presented by the young people in our care. It is underpinned by a therapeutic, trauma informed and attachment based perspective. Great importance is placed on using a holistic approach that considers all the needs of the young person as an individual but also as part of a family and community.
We fully appreciate the importance of working with the young person to rebuild their place in the family and community and we do not consider our work complete when the young person leaves the unit. Therefore we extend our relationship into the young persons’ next placement through our transition work.