Direct Care has been impacted and saddened by the evidence that has emerged from the recent Child Exploitation Case in Rochdale - and the issues it has raised in regard to vulnerable young people within the care system - particularly girls and young women living in residential care settings.
Direct Care immediately decided to address this challenge and has undertaken an internal audit in regard to all the children and young people they support - with particular reference to the increasing number of girls and young women that are being placed with them - many of whom are potentially vulnerable to exploitation without the appropriate level of residential and clinical support being firmly in place.
As a result of this internal audit Physis Professional Development were commissioned by Direct Care to provide a two day training course for all of their Registered Managers and other Senior Staff to address the issues of Sexually Harmful / Inappropriate Behaviours and Attachment Disorder. This training has been purposefully designed to enable it to be cascaded down to the wider staff teams working directly with the children and young people in placement.
Over the course of these two days we will establish a clear understanding of what constitutes Sexually Inappropriate / Harmful Behaviours - develop a working knowledge of Attachment Disorder (including the neurological and traumatic impact) - alongside a consideration of the links that exist between the two elements - with particular reference to Disorganised Attachment. We will then address how this knowledge can be best incorporated into Direct Care’s Services to engage, protect and facilitate positive change within the children and young people they support.
Physis Professional Development
Introduction to Therapeutic Child Care
How to implement the theory into practice when working with young people involved with gang culture and violence.
This four day course has been developed specifically for disenfranchised youth. Young people who opt out of the social structures of society and become attracted to gang culture and violence. The course combines child development, psychodynamic theory, and attachment theory to explore the inner working model of disaffected youth.
The methods and techniques within this course will enable the staff team to gain insight as to why a young person is likely to join a gang and develop strategies to support young people with their unmet needs and in turn reduce the attraction to gang culture and violence.
Many gang members have poor academic achievement and come from socially deprived and disadvantage backgrounds, usually from inner cities. Being in a gang offers them a sense of family, belonging, respect and power. The violence of gang membership gives the young person a sense of excitement, adrenalin, power and status, as well as strengthening their group identity (praise and reward).
Trudy Darien MA
Therapeutic Child Care Consultant/Trainer