Whilst acknowledging and understanding the distinct difference between carers and parents, we base our model of care upon the ten core values of positive parenting that provide children with a secure base from which to develop effective levels of resilience, self-esteem and, ultimately, self-reliance.
These fundamental values are threaded throughout our staff training programmes and embedded within the culture of each of our residential children's homes, thus creating nurturing, respectful and caring environments in which children and young people can thrive and achieve their full potential.
Positive parenting is an effective and holistic style of child care based on openness, honesty and mutual respect. For young people to thrive and develop, they must feel safe, respected, supported and be sure their voices are being heard.
Through unconditional positive regard, respect and active listening our staff teams develop empathic relationships with the children they care for, opening the avenues of communication that are essential to children in care, but all too often unavailable.
We understand that no two children are the same and that each young person arrives in our care at a different starting point, with differing abilities and with a unique set of goals. Consequently, all placement plans are specifically tailored to meet each individual child’s specific needs and are closely monitored to ensure they continue to be relevant throughout the young person’s placement.
Participation is viewed as a key element of our placement planning and children and young people are encouraged and supported to become actively involved in all care planning decisions.