Support to Individual Children

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter explains the issues that staff should consider when offering support to children.

See also: Providing Personalised Care.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Social Activities within the Home
  3. Personal Support to Young People
  4. Advocacy and Support


1. Introduction

All staff should be mindful of the potentially negative aspects of living in residential care:

  • It is important for each child / young person who lives at the home to receive individual support and consideration from all the staff at the Home;
  • It is essential that the children and young people are treated as individuals and valued for themselves.


2. Social Activities within the Home

  • Staff have to find a balance between involving children in communal activities and not assuming they should all participate in the same social activities, though this is usually influenced by the children's individual interests and ages;
  • Socialising in a group can be a positive experience for all the children and young people, as this can ensure that no young person is being left out or isolated by their peers;
  • Staff should be encouraging all children to take part in the social activities within the home such as birthday celebrations or watching films together or preparing special meals.
    • Similarly children should be encouraged to take part in activities outside of the home i.e. holidays and trips out, visits to local venues such as the theatre or to see a film together.
  • The Home Manager will actively promote inclusive social activities in the home and work towards preventing social isolation or bullying of children who do not fit into the group and feel uncomfortable with the other children. See: Countering Bullying and Peer Abuse Procedure.


3. Personal Support to Young People

  • Children and young people will receive individual support in the areas identified in their Placement and Care Plans;
  • The Home Manager has overall responsibility for making sure that each individual child receives the specialist assistance needed to help them develop their personal and social skills;
  • Where children require assistance from specialist agencies i.e. education support or advice about health issues, it is the Home Manager's responsibility to make sure the child receives the support they need;
  • The Home Manager will be sensitive to the child's individual needs and where possible ensure these needs are being met either within the Home or from contact with the specialist agencies;
  • The Home Manager will act as the child's advocate in making it possible the child to access specialist services;
  • It is important that the Home Manager is aware of all external support offered to the child and the agencies that are involved with the child.


4. Advocacy and Support

  • The Home Manager will make sure that all children and young people are aware of the support that they can access through Rights and Participation Project (RAPP) and the Independent Visitor service for looked after children.