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 formulation plan‘ to help us understand their needs.

We aim to help children and young people understand and manage their emotions more effectively through trauma informed parenting.  Understanding their story and helping them to process their trauma is fundamental for recovery.  Being emotionally regulated will reduce risky behaviours and make it possible to return to a positive lifestyle in the community. 

Our team and our partners

Each young person has their own key worker and case co-ordinator to meet their needs and work through issues that are highlighted in the placement plan. Some of these issues may include feeling safe, relationships with peers, self-esteem, self-confidence, healthy social relationships, attitudes and boundaries.  Staff 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 health team which includes:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team.  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 health team consists of a Clinical Psychologist and a Social Worker with MSc in Psychiatric social work (who is also a Cognitive Analytic Therapist) who are both full time.  A consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Speech & Language Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Drama Therapist, Exploitation Practitioner, Substance Misuse Practitioner, Nurse, GP and Dentist.

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