The needs of the children and young people looked after in our children’s homes are complex and require bespoke clinical intervention and therapeutic support.
In response to this we provide consultation and specialist training to equip our staff with a ‘tool kit’ of evidence-based therapeutic strategies to support our ‘team around the child’ approach.
The clinical support service is the responsibility of our Principal Psychologist, working alongside commissioned therapeutic practitioners and specialists.
During the first 12 weeks in placement an initial psychological assessment is completed; this informs the therapeutic treatment plan and the commissioning of specialised individual or group therapy to meet identified needs.
In our schools day pupils have access to ‘drop in’ clinical support and individual therapy can be commissioned if required. Teachers and support staff have the same access to clinical consultation and specialist training as their residential colleagues.
Martin came to Oracle as an extremely vulnerable young man with a range of challenging behaviours. His diagnosis of Asperger's and ADHD meant that he also struggled with social interactions, and his emotional development was delayed. He used to spend most of his time alone in his room, and didn’t want to make any friends.
Since moving to Oracle’s Robin House, Martin’s social skills improved drastically and he developed peer friendships at school and in the home. Martin joined Air Cadets in the local community, and has enjoyed attending twice a week for over 3 years. He participated in a range of enriching activities to develop and broaden his social skills and give him a sense of achievement; playing the guitar, playing board games, playing football in the local park, using the gym equipment, jogging and gardening with peers.
He was a good student at Oracle School and moved on to college where he completed a 1 year course in construction and carpentry, and has been offered a further qualification.
Martin has progressed well with his Independent Life Skills and is able to plan, budget, and cook his own food, as well as use public transport. He still needs some guidance on effective money management but is capable of sticking to a set budget for general household shopping.
Martin has developed an increased confidence in expressing how he feels to both staff and peers since coming to Oracle.
Martin left Oracle a more confident and able person. He now has a better understanding of friendship and working as a team. Martin became more secure in his identity and more realistic in his outlook, with positive attainable aspirations and a desire to live up to higher expectations.
He has since moved on to a step-down provision with other young adults, due to reduced risks and increased independence skills.
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