These are the Core Values taken from Community of Communities Service Standards for Children’s Therapeutic Communities.
The Core Values articulate the basic principles and philosophy of Therapeutic Communities and are what we base our practise and training on.
(Eds: Sullivon. J & Paget. S Community of Communities: Service Standards for Therapeutic Communities for Children and Young People, 2nd Edition.)
- Healthy attachment is a developmental requirement for all human beings, and should be seen as a basic human right
- A safe and supportive environment is required for an individual to develop, to grow, or to change
- People need to feel respected and valued by others to be healthy. Everybody is unique and nobody should be defined or described by theirproblems alone
- All behaviour has meaning and represents communication which deserves understanding
- Personal well-being arises from one’s ability to develop relationships which recognise mutual need
- Understanding how you relate to others and how others relate to you leads to better intimate, family, social and working relationships
- Ability to influence one’s environment and relationships is necessary for personal well-being. Being involved in decision-making is required for shared participation, responsibility, and ownership
- There is not always a right answer and it is often useful for individuals,
groups and larger organisations to reflect rather than act immediately
- Positive and negative experiences are necessary for healthy development of individuals, groups and the community
- Each individual has responsibility to the group, and the group in turn has collective responsibility to all individuals in it