What we offer

The team at Atkinson has a wealth of experience and has developed significant strategies to challenge each young person’s expectation of life. For many young people, it is the first time that they have lived in a home where they receive such a high focus of care and support, allowing them the opportunity to gain insight into how their life is significantly different to their peers in society.

When young people arrive, we provide a full mental health screening, an educational assessment, and a ‘psychological formulations plan‘ to help us understand their needs.

Our support planning helps young people reduce their risk and return to a positive lifestyle in the community.

Our team and our partners

Each young person has their own key worker to meet their needs and work through issues that are highlighted in care and placement plans. Some of these issues may include anger management, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-harm, attitudes and boundaries. Key workers maintain close contact with parents, carers and social workers to keep them updated with your progress and any developments.

We work with a team of professionals, including a dedicated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team to help young people reduce their risk and return to a positive lifestyle in the community. The primary role of CAMHS is to support our staff in looking after the very complex and often challenging everyday care needs of each young person who comes to live here. This includes, where appropriate, addressing acute presentations of mental health problems and monitoring young people’s mental health during their stay.

The team consists of a Clinical Psychologist and a Social Worker with MSc in Psychiatric social work (who is also a Cognitive Analytic Therapist) , who both spend a couple of days a week at Atkinson. We also have regular input from a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. All the mental health professionals work closely with our other visiting health staff and staff at the home, including our education staff.

Why are we using Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)?

We recognise that most of our children and young people have experienced some form of trauma which affects their emotional and social development. As a result we have to ensure our staff have the knowledge and skills to manage our children therapeutically. Continue reading