In every childhood and adolescence, there are periods of challenging behaviour which have to be understood, and responded to, by caring adults
Foundations for Safer Care
Children and young people who need specialised placements will have all of the usual challenges that face every child, plus additional difficulties related to their Autism, Learning Difficulty, and those related to living away from their families and their home neighbourhoods.
Under Niall Kelly’s leadership at Young Foundations, the organisation is continually looking for the best ways to support and equip our staff with the skills, knowledge, and confidence that they need in their day to day interactions with the children and young people in our care.
This will in turn give the families of the children we care for, and the children themselves, the confidence that staff will not only nurture and encourage them, but also be able to carry out positive management of behaviours that challenge in a manner which is respectful of the rights and needs of each individual child and young person.
Occasionally, the ways in which we help our children and young people may need to involve the use of physical restraint, in order to keep them safe. In searching out good practice, it became clear to Niall that there was nothing available to meet the high standards and philosophy within Young Foundations of putting our children and young people first.
The Foundations of Safer Care model was subsequently developed to meet this overarching aim.