United Children’s Services provides Therapeutic Care and Education to children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. We have five registered homes capable of taking over twenty three placements between them.
In all our homes we aim to offer a nurturing environment with care and support delivered by staff who combine compassion with experience and professionalism, in order to achieve the best outcomes for young people.
Individual therapeutic work and staff consultation is carried out by employed qualified therapists. Family therapeutic work can be provided on request as well as individual therapeutic sessions for young people.
We have established links with a number of placing authorities and work closely with other agencies, including CAMHS, LSCB, YOS and the Police to ensure consistency in the individual care packages provided. Referrals and admissions will be considered for emergency and long-term placements in accordance with the needs of young people and their individual placement plans.
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We link our therapeutic care approach to offering education for all the young people in our care. These will be children who have found it difficult to achieve their full potential in the mainstream sector.
Through the care and support we give in our homes we are very aware of the range of issues that causes many young people to become disaffected with mainstream schooling. The education environment and the curriculum are both highly structured. Our focus is to provide clear opportunities to succeed and the full national curriculum is offered up to GCSE level.
We have high expectations for academic attainment, and skills development for behavioural management, socialisation, emotional resilience and independence.
Our Young People are offered a range of therapeutic possibilities. Our service is unique in offering individual psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies to young people in care, in peaceful purpose built surroundings.
We aim to
- Assess and provide the best therapeutic treatment for the individual child
- Offer a safe, quiet and uninterrupted space for each child
- To contain and understand each child’s life experiences
We want to help each child:
- Make sense of their feelings
- Develop healthier attachments
- Develop new ways of relating
Our therapeutic approach offers insights into difficulties children might experience settling into education, forming friendships, and engaging with those around them.
An important role of the therapists is to support those adults who have the wellbeing of the child in mind. We meet with the child’s keyworkers and attend care team meetings regularly. Each therapist offers consultations to all homes and educational settings to convey their psychodynamic understanding of the child, with the aim of creating more harmonious, informed relationships.