Our Psychological Services aim to provide essential psychological support that meets the complex needs of young people. Our team consists of some of the most experienced and qualified practitioners in the residential and secure care sector.

We believe that psychological support is most effective when it’s collaborative. Informed consent is at the heart of the service and young people are given information in the format they need to enable them to make informed decisions about engaging with psychological services.

Our team covers three main areas:


1. Assessment


First Level Psychological Assessment (FLPA)

All young people at Kibble are given the opportunity to engage in a psychological assessment within 72 hours of arrival. This aims to:

  • Screen for any acute mental health difficulties, drug misuse, suicidal ideation, or self-harm behaviour
  • Identify any immediate supports required
  • Determine the nature of any further Specialist Intervention Services involvement e.g. second level assessment, consultation or intervention

Second Level Psychological Assessment (SLPA)

Some young people may receive a second level assessment. This is a more comprehensive and specifically targeted psychological assessment, and includes an in-depth comprehensive analysis of the factors involved in the presenting problems. A detailed care and intervention plan is then recommended with specific actions and timescales. This will include consideration of a young person’s trauma and attachment experiences.
Specific assessments may include:

  • Risk assessments for violence, fire raising and harmful sexual behaviour using structured tools such as the Structured Assessment of Violence in Youth (SAVRY)
  • An assessment of cognitive functioning using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV)
  • Assessment of risk of suicide and self-harm
  • A SLPA is completed within 6-8 weeks.

2. Interventions

We offer a range of therapeutic interventions and programmes for young people and their families. These are tailored to meet the needs of each individual young person and are delivered by psychologists, in line with current evidence-based practice.

3. Consultancy

The service provides consultancy at various levels for the child, the organisation and the sector. This includes providing support, training and guidance to staff and multi-disciplinary teams, developing policies and development across the organisation, and disseminating research and good practice within the sector.
Kibble also provides psychological services for external clients and organisations. Please contact Dan Johnson (Senior Forensic Psychologist) for further information regarding these services, including costs or service level agreements.