Landsker uses a strength based approach coupled with intensive therapeutic intervention programmes to support children. This is underpinned by our unique ICM Level 3 Accreditation in Health, Social Care and Education and our adherence to the principles of restorative justice.
There is a dedicated taskforce of in house experts for each child. They meet monthly to develop care plans, therapeutic intervention programmes, behaviour management strategies, independent living skills, education IEP & PEPs and dynamic risk assessments. This is age and needs led. Landsker has a 3 year rolling training programme (we deliver 3 times above Social Care Wales recommended training hours) to ensure every child is supported by trained and experienced carers.
Landsker has the capacity to accommodate over 26 children and continues to develop further capacity having grown 56% in the last 4 years. We are registered to care for children aged 10 – 18 and have a trained and experienced team with a proven track record. For example we have cared for a 14 year old who displayed SHB for 3 years with successful transition to FE college and semi independence.
Our approach includes partnership working with external experts including LA, healthcare professionals, charities and the family. Landsker offer education with others dependant on the needs of the child e.g. CAMHS and Barnardo’s. Information is shared and analysed to ensure the care plan and risk assessments are fully informed. Our co-ordinated approach includes Barnardo’s Taith and the SERAF service which we have accessed successfully for numerous children.
Therapeutic Interventions on relationships, self-esteem, safety, identity, Life Story Work, social skills, Emotional intelligence, feelings, safety and consequences using programmes, games, role play, books and web sites from our extensive library. Children need to be made aware of what behaviours are illegal and the potential short and long term consequences of breaking the law. ‘Your Choice’ is a Barnardo’s resource for young people who deny or minimise their behaviour.
Our Transition model is a planned 3 stage process supported by a Pathway Plan to create and nurture links with family and communities. In partnership we provide an appropriate level of outreach and on-call to reduce risky behaviours. Ongoing continuous assessment is vital for individualised care plans involving the child, social worker and family placement to ensure changing needs are tracked, with agreed strategies in place. Risk management –involves situational and environmental triggers. We are mindful of UNCRC and rights are protected and upheld so the balance between safety and risk is maintained. Once an appropriate family placement is found, crucially we support the development of positive relationships between home, child, social worker, foster agency and family. Life and social skills are continuously assessed using comprehensive assessment tool with strategies to develop independent living skills.