The Leaving Care Company has developed a set of standards of practice and predicted outcomes drawing on our experience;
- in listening to the young person,
- of service delivery
- of the underpinning legislation and practice guidance.
These standards are part of a process of on –going development by The Leaving Care Company in line with an overarching commitment to improving the life changes and prospects for all young people who receive our support and they are based on the key principles of the Every Child Matters Framework (2003).
The Leaving Care Company's 10 Standards, set a baseline of good practice and help to guide our assessment and decision-making process on what we deem to be successful outcomes. In turn they subsequently help to design our individual support packages..
The first 8 standards relate directly to the person. They are:
- Supporting what matters most to young people now and in the future
- Building self- esteem, confidence, resilience and independence
- Developing individual choice, decision- making and self-direction
- Supporting positive enjoyment and achievement
- Promoting personal safety and protection
- Promoting and supporting education/ employment and development of life skills
- Supporting positive social inclusion, community relationships and citizenship
- Developing and maintaining Health and Well-being
The final 2 standards relate to the leadership and effectiveness of the team supporting the person
- Supporting and maintaining staff knowledge, skills, training and competencies
- Promoting effective and efficient management of person-centred support services.
The diagram shows how we use our paper work to support our practice around and with a young person. It draws on the key themes held within the Aspiration's Journey and One Page Strategy but this shows what we do at a practical level.
From our paperwork you are able to clearly see how our teams are supporting the young people to work towards meaningful outcomes.
In addition it is evident from how paperwork how our teams incorporate the use of Person-centred thinking tools when they support young people.
This method of working helps our teams:
- produce results with and for the young person
- focus on what they pay attention to and hence record and do
- ensure they record what they are learning and this is acted on
- make logical links to each stage of our process in supporting the young person which enables us at all stages to remain specific and clear about our purpose with that young person.
- act quickly to get to know the person and easily enables there to be continuity in their support
- be clear about the contribution of the young person and where their voice is within this process. This is made explicit for them.
How we support
In all that we do the The Leaving Care team are required to specifically seek the views of the young person about;
- what is important to them currently
- where they wish to live and their housing needs
- what are their hopes for the future
- what are their views about their self- esteem, confidence, resilience and ability to adapt.
- what are their views about their identity, culture and religion
- what are their views about the development of their independence and Life Skills
- what are their views about their communication and decision-making
- what do they enjoy, their hobbies, interests and views on their achievements
- their views about how they can effectively stay safe and protect themselves
- their views about their education and employment options.
- their views about relationships and how they are involved in their local communities and neighbourhoods
- their views about their health and well- being
- their views about their finances
The team gather the above information in a way that clearly separates out the views of the person and that of the person who is referring them.
We will make sure that people supported by us will have a key worker, who using this information coordinates and helps them design a package to help them achieve their desired outcomes.
Our personalised support includes;
- Bespoke, long term housing provision for each young person in an area of choice which they can take over the tenancy
- Packages of accommodation and/or support for parent and child
- Specialist housing and tenancy advice/management post 18 parallel planning
- ASDAN training and qualifications available to all young people
- From 10 – 24 hour support and accommodation options available
- Planned reductions of contact sessions for effective fee management
- Sleep in and waking night staff
- One to one independence training delivered by a dedicated outreach worker
- 24/7 advisory on call service 365 days a year
- Young person’s allowance and budgeting plan which can be invoiced flexibly
- Young people will be supported to purchase essential items and furniture
- Support with opening a bank account, registering with Doctors, Dentists and other health care professionals
- Support with housing issues, applications, grants and benefits
- Support with job applications, writing CVs and exploring educational possibilities
Ruth and her siblings grew up in a home with domestic violence and her mother, not coping with this, found parenting difficult. As a result Ruth became a young carer for her family. This situation impacted on Ruth’s natural development as a child and her skills and learning development. As she was ill-equipped to be a carer at such a young age she tried to keep control of the family through anger and aggression. After several assaults on her siblings and mother, Ruth eventually was placed in the care system.