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  • Evidence indicates that foster care and residential care are complex activities that require rehabilitative and therapeutic approaches and skills.
  • At Family Care, we use psychologically informed practice to improve well-being, educational achievement, placement transition and long term outcomes.
    Andrew O'Reilly – Director of Residential

Therapeutic Services

Family Care delivers in-house therapeutic care and education for children and young people who have suffered emotional and psychological trauma.

At Family Care we firmly believe that clearly defined therapeutic approaches enable staff to have a better understanding of how young people’s experiences affect them.

Through regular consultations, all the services within Family Care are supported by a team of therapists and our independent Clinical Psychologist.  Consultation addresses both the emotional and mental health needs of young people but also supports staff development, knowledge, skills and confidence.

The consultation across all of Family Care’s services makes sense to us because we want to impact the greatest change.  We can support a young person through all of our services with this 'all-inclusive' model, sometimes referred to as wraparound care.

The model we endorse is called 'Secure Base'.   Scroll down for more info...

"Clearly defined therapeutic approaches enable staff to have a better understanding of how young people’s experiences affect them, considering their emotional needs and fostering resilience."
SCIE Research, 2012
"Consultation is the primary model of on going support to teams. Consultation is a formal process, theoretically underpinned and supported by a clear evidence base. It is fully compliant with NICE Guidelines and National Minimum Standards for Children’s Homes."
NICE Guidelines

Practice model - Secure Base

Family Care champion the ‘Secure Base’ approach as its practice model.  

The Secure Base Model (Schofield & Beek) provides a positive framework for therapeutic caregiving which builds resilience and helps infants, children and young people move towards greater security.  The model was recommended as a basis for training foster carers in the Government White Paper, Care Matters (2007).  It’s also been incorporated by the Fostering Network into their Skills to Foster preparation programme.

Secure Base focuses on the interactions that occur between caregivers and children on a day-to-day, minute-by-minute basis in the home environment.  The model can be helpful, first, to think about caregiver/child interactions as having the potential to shape the thinking, feeling and ultimately - behaviour of a child. 

This cycle begins with the child's needs and behaviour and then focuses on what is going on in the mind of the caregiver.  How a caregiver thinks and feels about a child's needs and behaviour will determine his or her caregiving behaviours.

The caregiver may draw on their own ideas about what children need or what makes a good parent from their own experiences or from what they have learned from training.  The caregiving behaviours that result convey certain messages to the child.

A child's thinking and feeling about themselves and other people will be affected by these messages and there will be a consequent impact on his or her development.  The Secure Base Model shows this in circular process form, 'the caregiving cycle', which shows the inter-connectedness of caregiver/child relationships, minds and behaviour, as well as their ongoing movement and change.