Psychological Support for Residential Childcare

Having a Psychological perspective of Residential Childcare develops a therapeutic care environment by supporting the following:


  • The development of consciously competent practice.
  • A positive team morale.
  • Group living that is underpinned by emotional and physical safety.
  • Practitioner competence in using developmental assessments for formulation of young people’s presenting needs and for strength based care planning.
  • Practitioners understanding of specific activities and interventions that underpin healthy child development and aid recovery from trauma

​​​These need to work in conjunction with the philosophy, values, ethos, policies and procedures of the residential placement. 


Psychological services offered by ISM for staff teams:


  • Training on: 
    • Attachment
    • Developmental trauma
    • Assessment skills and care planning
    • Applying counselling skills in RCC
    • Controlling anger & regulating emotions
    • Behaviour management in group settings
    • Risk Taking behaviour in young people
    • Building resilience in young people
    • Self-care for working with complex trauma  
    • Understanding diagnoses and link to behaviour


Reflective Consultations


The role of the Psychologist or Psychological Therapist in Reflective Consultation is to build a therapeutic relationship with Residential Childcare Team in order that they can individually and as a team reflect and develop the following: 


  • An understanding of their thoughts and feelings, exploring how these contribute to the relationships and behaviours within the placement.
  • Consider the views and motives of others.
  • Recognise that prior experience and thoughts can interact to produce a current behaviour and ‘way of doing things’.
  • Recognize that a personal frame of reference can change by gaining new information and reviewing ideas.
  • Feel secure enough to explore insecurities, mistakes, questions and difficulties to learn from experience.
  • A recognition of their strengths.
  • Enhancement of professional development and self-empowerment


Assessment & Formulation


Use structured professional judgement in managing young people involved in offending behaviour or who are difficult to engage.


  • Can be a lengthy process due to information that requires to be collated, interviews conducted and formulation that underpins effective risk management.
  • Systemic Developmental assessment including, where appropriate use of valid and reliable risk assessment tool.
  • Formulation - Use 4 P’s individual and contextual factors (predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating, protective) that help understand behaviour.
  • Collaborative care planning outlining risk management planning of:
    • Monitoring & Supervision
    • Intervention
    • Victim Safety planning
    • Scenario planning
    • A full written report is provided 


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Fairbairn Place
Livingston Village
EH54 6TN


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