Across Kibble, our practice is becoming increasingly therapeutic and trauma-informed.
Our research shows that many of our young people have experienced adverse and potentially traumatic events in their lives. It is therefore fundamental that we create safety, connections and supports to help children cope with the significant challenges that they face.
The model is designed to help us deliver therapeutic, trauma-informed services in an accountable and authentic way. It is being rolled out in phases across our services and as of July 2020 it is being implemented in our early years’ services and Safe Centre, with plans to expand this to our remaining services in 2020 -2021.
Kibble’s Therapeutic Model: Seven essential elements
1. Child at The Centre
The child and our relationship with them is at the centre of all that we do.
2. Theory and Evidence Based
We are continually learning and want to utilise the thinking, science and recommendations about children in care. We want to stand on the shoulders of giants and use this to look after children in a way that is most likely to work for them. To do this we need to look at what others have designed and evaluated and to implement it across Kibble in our own way.
3. The Right Environment
The space we live in can have a significant effect on how we feel and our wellbeing. We are continually learning about how nature, colour, light and flow into a space can make a difference to someone. We want to use this science to create physical environments that are in themselves therapeutic and help people thrive.
Further, creating safe environments is essential to all that we hope to achieve in Kibble. This includes not only physical, but also psychological safety. We must always ensure the safety of young people and equally ourselves.
4. Skilled and Supported Staff
Looking after children is not easy, nor should it be if we want to provide the best care we can. As staff we want you to have the knowledge and skills that enable you to care for young people to the best of your ability. Relationships are key to progress and support, but sadly that isn’t always enough. We aim to provide you with the knowledge to understand our children and the skills you need to care for them.
Supported: the last thing our children need is a stressed-out or struggling adult – we need to look after ourselves to look after others. We want to create supports for staff that help them be what young people need them to be.
5. Integrated Services
Kibble has worked hard to integrate our services, but we understand that there is always more to do. Children and young people need consistency from all the adults that care for them in their home or house, education and in therapy too. We need to make sure our services are regularly communicating, sharing information and sharing decision making.
6. A Shared Understanding
We have a shared understanding of the child, so our practice is responsive and consistent.
7. Researched and Evaluated
We have a duty to know what works and what doesn’t. To do this we need objective and robust research. That’s why Kibble has employed a researcher and piloted a research project in our early years services that evaluates and explores the work that we do.