Core Standards

These are the Core Standards taken from Community of Communities Service Standards for Children’s Therapeutic Communities.

The Core Standards represent the basic requirements of Amicus using a Therapeutic Community approach (as defined by Community of Communities). The standards link Therapeutic Communities across sectors and client populations and are used independently to support the development of therapeutic practice.

(Eds: Sullivon. J & Paget. S Community of Communities: Service Standards for Therapeutic Communities for Children and Young People, 2nd Edition.)

  1. The community meets regularly
  2. The community acknowledges a connection between emotional health and the quality of relationships
  3. The community has clear boundaries, limits or rules and mechanisms to hold them in place which are open to review
  4. The community enables risks to be taken to encourage positive change
  5. Community members create an emotionally safe environment for the work of the community
  6. Community members consider and discuss their attitudes and feelings towards each other
  7. Power and authority in relationships is used responsibly and is open to question
  8. Community members take a variety of roles and levels of responsibility
  9. Community members spend formal and informal time together
  10. Relationships between staff members and client members are characterised by informality and mutual respect9
  11. Community members make collective decisions that affect the functioning of the community
  12. The community has effective leadership which supports its democratic processes
  13. All aspects of life are open to discussion within the community
  14. All behaviour and emotional expression is open to discussion within the community
  15. Community members share responsibility for one another