Therapeutic approaches to social work in residential child care settings


Following a regional review of residential child care in 2007, the five health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland introduced ‘therapeutic approaches’ in a number of children’s homes and in the regional secure units.

The term ‘therapeutic approaches’ is used to mean ways to help staff understand:

  • how trauma effects children and young people
  • how and why their ways of coping with this trauma might be maladaptive
  • how and why agencies and staff respond in the ways they do, how some of these ways are not adaptive, and how they might change.

The materials on these SCIE pages remain useful…

Source SCIE Report 58:

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