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Children in Care

Children in Care

Gateway Psychology’s clinicians provide help to children who are in the care of the Local Authority. This may be in foster or residential care. Children in care have frequently experienced repeated trauma in their early lives as a result of many losses and changes. These children and young people have unique needs that require a specific approaches. We have access to a specialist team of psychologists, therapists and other clinicians with extensive experience of helping children in Care, as well as the carers and the other professionals involved.

We provide this help by means of:

 

  • Thorough assessment of individual needs to identify the most appropriate therapy and placement options
  • Consultation to carers, residential staff, social workers and other professionals
  • Supportive intervention to carers (individual and group)
  • Therapeutic interventions (individual therapy with the child, Attachment-based therapies, work with birth families to support rehabilitation)
  • Training to carers, residential staff, social workers and other professionals (for example, Attachment-based parenting approaches, mental health needs of children in Care, dealing with risk issues, self-care).
  • Supervision to social workers and other professionals, providing a psychological perspective for their work.

 

This part of our service is developing rapidly, with specific and longer term work being commissioned by Independent Fostering and Residential Agencies and a number of Local Authorities.