The children experience consistent boundaries across all parts of The Amicus Community and help play a part in maintaining effective and agreed boundaries. Both the staff and children have a shared understanding of why these boundaries are important. The structure and boundaries are set within the Therapeutic Day, which is detailed in the Children’s Guide and all children receive a copy. We have a high level of consistency and continuity in all aspects of our service.
Amicus ensure children’s confidentiality and privacy is respected and safeguarded and policies and procedures are in place to safeguard and promote the children’s welfare. By the use of daily Children’s Meetings and one to one sessions, our staff are pro-active in seeking the concerns and views of the children whilst also assisting them in developing their independence skills.
All staff receive child protection training and have subsequent refresher courses. We have clear and up to date policies and procedures relating to child protection and safeguarding. There are clear policies and procedures also for bullying (children are made aware of our zero tolerance policy) and for reporting children who are absent without authority. We have robust detailed risk assessments in place to highlight any hazards the children may pose to themselves or others.
Due to many of the children’s past experiences they may behave in a sexualised way. Their perceptions of adult relationships and parental couples will often be distorted, frightening or prematurely sexualised. They may also have idealised phantasies about the possible perfect and unattainable parental couples and families. These perceptions and wishes will often be ‘projected’ onto the staff who work closely with the child. These behaviours and dynamics are openly and actively thought about by the staff team in an attempt to understand them in their work with the children.
All staff receive training in the use of physical restraint training which is BILD accredited and the children’s risk assessments in place look at any risky behaviour. We encourage acceptable behaviour and our restraint records show that staff respond appropriately in managing these situations. Our staff support the children with their behaviour through 1:1 sessions and in group meetings.
Any areas of potential risk for the children (for example; activities, holidays, fire risk and the environment) are assessed and are safeguarded from harm. All our staff have gone through a comprehensive recruitment process and all carry enhanced CRBs.