Approach to Care

Timeout are a family run organisation and our ethos and philosophy is based on a systemic approach to promoting the child’s emotional well-being. We specialise in 1:1 care in both solo and dual occupancy homes. We ensure that a holistic view is taken to all aspects of the child’s development whether it is in education, therapy or therapeutic care. By tracing the child’s footprint we can gather the necessary information to inform our practice to assist the child’s recovery.

We believe that everyone who is involved in the child’s recovery has an understanding of the impact of abuse and neglect and its demonstration in current behaviours. This is communicated via training, consultation & reflective practice lead by the clinical team.

Children’s therapeutic needs are often most effectively met by the development of a safe, consistent and nurturing relationship with a trusted adult. The promotion of this relationship is the primary therapeutic goal for each child placed.

treatment plan

Our aim is to ensure that each child receives an individualised treatment plan which evidences their progress and changes in behaviour. The clinical information guides the team and allows informed decision making on interventions and strategies. We ensure that this progress is shared and explained with the nominated professionals to guarantee transparency.

Tracing the child’s clinical footprint

The therapeutic method follows a four step process which is continually developed with the monthly reports. Brief descriptions of the key workings are described below:

4 week review – is a review of the residential documentation that preceded the child’s placement and all other information gathered to this point.

Initial 12 week assessment – A collective document is created that focuses on a minimum of three areas of initial concern. A preliminary decision will be made as to whether a child will benefit from 1:1 therapy based on their capacity to engage. Upon completion of the 12 week assessment we will devise a formulation which addresses the therapeutic needs of each child. A treatment plan will be presented with treatment intervention identified.

Therapeutic Treatment Plan – is an evolving document which involves the system surrounding the child to assist in the delivery of therapeutic interventions and revaluate the treatment pathway.

Monthly report – this is document completed by the therapeutic carers which identifies key themes based on the observations of the child. This work is overseen by the clinical team.

Closing report – is a report which outlines the work that has been undertaken and recommendations for the future.

View our therapeutic treatment plan

The role of therapeutic carers

At Timeout we provide a team of therapeutic carers who offer continuous 1:1 care to the child. By creating a safe, consistent and nurturing living environment the child is provided with a secure base, from which the children gradually learn how to form relationships.

The therapeutic team observe and document the child’s behaviour on a daily basis. This key information is communicated to the clinical team who through consultation, collectively implement changes to current strategies in the child’s daily life.

This practice is informed by the integrated therapeutic training program that provides the therapeutic team with the necessary knowledge to understand both the child’s behaviours and the practice required to positively progress.

Our clinical team

The Clinical Team consists of:
  • Clinical lead (creative arts psychotherapist/play therapist);
  • Art psychotherapist;
  • Consultant Psychologist;
  • Clinical Psychologist;
  • Therapeutic Social Worker
  • Play and creative therapist
  • Play and filial therapist

The team work closely with the therapeutic teams to provide assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation driving the professional knowledge and expertise that underpins and supports all the work we do.

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