CCATS specialises in working in partnership with children’s residential care providers, helping them to achieve positive outcomes for the children and young people placed in their care. During the last 15 years, CCATS has worked with more than 1,000 young people. Services have been commissioned not only by the residential care sector but also by over 30 local authorities and NHS commissioning groups from across the UK.
Our model of service for residential children’s homes involves our psychological team working in close partnership with residential and educational staff to ensure an holistic approach is adopted in the care of each individual young person.
The services we can provide include:
- Psychological assessment
- Individual and group therapy
- Comprehensive psychological reports
- Reflective practice
- Staff and organisational consultancy
- Support with suitability of referrals and placement matching
- Clinical supervision
- Attendance at team meetings, professional meetings, and LAC reviews
- Staff training
- Family work
All partnership homes receive on-site support from a HCPC-registered psychologist and other members of the psychological team as required.
In addition to supporting young people, CCATS can assist children’s homes in meeting regulatory requirements and attaining and maintaining an OFSTED “outstanding” rating. In particular, CCATS can help providers meet the requirements of the amendments to the Children’s Homes Regulations (2018), which have increased the onus on children’s residential care providers to evidence the effectiveness of the therapeutic support they provide the young people in their care.
Possible benefits of CCATS support can include:
- Young people will receive the psychological support they need, quickly without a waiting list
- CCATS specialises in a wide variety of difficulties, including aggression, harmful sexual behaviour, self-injury/suicidal behaviour, and other mental health difficulties
- CCATS support can help providers meet the requirements of Children’s Homes Regulations, which require providers to evidence the effectiveness of the therapeutic support provided
- Support and training for staff on young people’s needs and staff’s own wellbeing can increase morale and staff retention