OUR CHILDREN'S HOME
We are currently working hard on designing and developing our model for our first Ofsted Registered Children’s Home to open in 2024 - a specialist therapeutic and healing home for girls at risk of exploitation.
Based in East London, we are combining our team's lived experience (other people with experience of the care system and/or trauma/abuse) and professional expertise (highly experienced practitioners with young people) to create a safe place of sanctuary for our girls and young women. The home will not only house the girls, but will work with partners and our local community to transform their lives long term.
Our model is underpinned by research in the area of Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed Practice (the neuroscience around the development of a child’s brain following early childhood trauma) and other evidence based theories and practice. We are working alongside Therapeutic Communities to develop our own 'Psychosocial Model' of practice - a fancy term for 'Our Approach'!
We know that blending genuine love and care, lived experience, researched methods and robust evidence based practice creates a space for transformation.
The model will ensure a therapeutic overview with creative interventions tailored for each of our girls to support them to heal from experiences of trauma and/or abuse. Our day to day policies and procedures will ensure that our children develop spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially and mentally and that our staff are supported to do the same. We are also currently exploring options for sustainable accommodation beyond the girls placements with us and even plotting to be able to purchase a home in the future which will be a 'forever home' for the girls (we realise that coming back to the house they lived in may not always be feasible and many may not have safe family environments, so this will be a place of nurture and healing for them to always come back to).
There will be an emphasis on structure and routines to support the following outcomes:
Holistic Health and wellness in terms of eating, sleeping and movement
Access to creative models to support them to explore their own story of trauma in an individualised and safe way
Emotional regulation through understanding the impact of abuse, trauma and/or rejection and abandonment by primary care givers & their brain's response to this
Access to a range of local business professionals and mentors to raise aspirations and future dreams
Improved educational engagement and attainment
Helping break the cycles of trauma and abuse across generations
We are also currently exploring options for sustainable accommodation beyond the girls placements with us and even plotting to be able to purchase a home in the future which will be a 'forever home' for the girls (we realise that coming back to the house may not always be feasible and many may not have safe family environments, so this will be a place of nurture and healing they can forever come to).
In order to deliver a strong model we know the importance of strong, resilient staff who are able to role model expected behaviours and wellness in their own lives and supporting our teams to do this is an essential part of our practice.
If you are interested in getting involved, supporting financially, becoming a member of the team or would like just like some more information please email Lian at firstname.lastname@example.org