Specialising in caring and supporting children and young people who have a history of complex trauma and/or behavioural, emotional and social difficulties such as abuse across developmental stages, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, including CSE, self-harming behaviours, violence and aggression, mental health diagnosis, history of requiring inpatient services and attachment difficulties.
Options have developed a shared theoretical understanding of the needs of children. Through various activities, including assessments, clinical plans and core practice and evidence based therapeutic interventions and with the use of baseline psychometric measures at the start of placement and then every 6 months, we are able to successfully measure the changes in each individual child’s presentation, mental health and wellbeing.
Upon placement with Options BESD
Each Options Residential Children’s Home is allocated a dedicated member of the clinical team who works with the home, its registered manager, staff and the young people in its care to support, coach and offer interventions appropriate to the home. Acting as a staff consultant this person can be called upon as and when needed. They will always make best endeavours to be within the home upon arrival of any new placements, to ensure that the clinical teams input is available at the very onset of placement.
Referral assessments are undertaken to determine how best to support the young person, which home is best suited to their current immediate needs. Where possible meetings will take place in the young person’s current setting to support any relevant transition plans, however due to the complexity and speed of some referrals this is not always possible. A case co-ordinator is assigned to each young person from the clinical team, often the same as the home co-ordinator.
Following the initial bedding in process, where any immediate needs are addressed each young person will undertake a full initial assessment within 3 months of arrival. At this point a full plan is developed.
We run a “helping to get to school” proactive programme, whereby the clinical team support young people and their carer’s in providing strategies to enable them to “get to school”, encouraging learning and development. This works in partnership with Options College Shifnal and Stoke.
Our educational psychologists support within the education environment, carrying out specific cognitive and/or learning assessments e.g.: establishing learning difficulties such as dyslexia. They help support the teachers within our colleges with methods and styles for the best outcomes for the young people in their care. Carrying out observations, initial assessments and ongoing assessments to establish best practice approaches to learning for the individual young person.
We monitor outcomes using standardised measures for the population children. These are used to identify developed and developing needs within the child and also for us to evaluate the impact of our interventions.
Changes made as result of successful intervention and approach include:
- Reduced intensity of staffing
- Ability to access mainstream provision; community activities / education
- Ability to make the transition to more independent living.
- Ability to live within a family setting.