Semi-Independent Placements

Our semi-independent placements have helped over 100 Care Leavers move through the difficult transition to independence. We currently have over 30 high-quality, well maintained flats around SE London where we provide young people with a highly supported and very real training flat experience. We support young people to reach their potential through flexible and personalised key-work and therapeutic support packages. Living next door to working professionals, young people are given an opportunity to understand the realities and challenges of living independently. We manage risk, equipping young people with vital life skills to increase their ability to secure and keep permanent housing.

Accommodation

Centrally located, high quality stand-alone flats, fully equipped with modern interior.

Aspirational accommodation means young people take pride in their living space and are more likely to maintain it to a higher standard. Flats are centrally located and specifically chosen to promote their health, safety, independent living skills and wellbeing.

Health and Safety checks and night visits are carried out regularly and a 24 hour On Call service ensures safety and security.

Support

Personalised packages of 1:1 coaching and care planning to help manage the transition to independence for young people. Targeted parent and baby support. Individualised short and long-term therapeutic support.

Care planning, safety planning and monthly priorities are completed in collaboration with the young people. There are clear boundaries and expectations of the placement.

The transition through care is made clear and planned with an emphasis on goal-setting, choice and responsibility.

Young parents are supported to develop parenting skills in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Young people are offered therapy to develop emotional resilience and recover from trauma.

Staff

High performing team of trained and motivated staff, informed by the latest research and quality standards

Staff work with the young people to build warm and nurturing relationships which provide a stable base for long-term behaviour change and improved resilience. Cutting edge research in working successfully with adolescents leaving care and supporting young people during transition is incorporated into every aspect of the work, including Motivational Interviewing and the AMBIT model of working.

Therapeutic support is delivered by highly trained and experienced professionals.

Communication

Regular and prompt communication with the professional network

Professionals work collaboratively to develop and manage care plans with the young person and their network.

Information is shared appropriately and promptly with clear plans, priorities, outcomes and actions. A 24 Hour On Call Service allows swift response to incidents and accidents.

Growth

Residents develop their emotional, intellectual, social creative, independent living skills and interests

Able to explore and make sense of their identity through the use of sports, culture and arts activities; a sense of belonging is generated and positive self-esteem and wellbeing promoted.

Young people are encouraged to volunteer, attend college or work, and aspire for a positive future. They develop new hobbies and interests, leading to a growth in social skills and confidence.

Participation

Young People’s views, wishes and feelings are actively integrated into service development

Young people are regularly provided with opportunities to feedback to staff on any level. Their wishes are feelings are actively sought and acted upon unless it is contrary to their interests. They are helped to understand when it is not possible to act on their wishes and why. They are given opportunities for leadership and personal development

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