Read the latest news about SWAAY, from updates on events and our people to our plans for the future.
In October 2016 our home, SC431807, built on its existing Ofsted rating of Good by being awarded ‘improved effectiveness’ in their interim inspection. There were many accolades included in Ofsted’s report, with special mentions for the remarkable progress young people had made in regards to their education, and the high levels of joint working that had taken place to deliver a structured therapeutic programme. Our inspector also highlighted the excellent management and delivery of transitions in and out the home, with the upmost consideration given to the emotional impact each move had had on the young people. A parent summed up the high levels of professionalism and motivation exhibited by the staff team perfectly “They have been so brilliant – everything they said they would do, they have done”.MORE >
Congratulations to Andy, Jo, the team at SWAAY SC431807 and all those involved in working with the boys. It was a pleasure to see that you got a GOOD Ofsted rating following your recent inspection!MORE >
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As the temperature rises tempers fray and it becomes increasingly difficult to help young people to stay calm and enjoy their planned activities and leisure time. Sometimes we get some news out of the blue that keeps us motivated by reminding us of the positive outcomes we achieve together. Last month the Social Worker responsible for one of the young people wrote to us to say how pleased she is with the work that we’ve done. Here’s an extract of what she had to say:
“Professionals working with SWAAY have also worked well with the YOT and local Police and all relevant health professionals. I have been impressed with SWAAY’S resilience as an organisation, for example when things became difficult in respect of X’s behaviour they were able to balance the risks whilst ensuring stability for X and although they did not dismiss his behaviour they were able to manage the risks posed in a professional manner. The work SWAAY carried out with X has reduced the risks of future harmful sexualised behaviour to low. The work has also impacted on X’s understanding of separation and loss and his difficult childhood experiences.”
The internet provides young people with many positive opportunities but is also fraught with danger. We take our responsibilities for safeguarding children on line very seriously and this month we sent all our Home Managers on the CEOP’s Ambassador Course in Nottingham .
During the course they developed their understanding of current use of the internet and mobile technology; heard the latest news of how offenders are misusing the online environment and how risky behaviour can make young people vulnerable to exploitation.
We found the exercise particularly useful because the training comes with a set of supporting materials to enable the training to be passed on to colleagues to ensure a broad level of awareness across the organisation.
Managed safely, we see internet use as a good example of the benefit of our motto of ‘Equal and open communication.’
Click on the CEOP link on our homepage for more information.
Cheer yourself up. Have a look at the shortlist of entries for yourself: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/photo-competition/?cmpid=NLC|SCSC|SCDDB-20130522-GLOB|news
The NSPCC reported in March that over 5,000 offences of under-18s committing child sexual abuse were reported to the police in the last three years.
However there is hope; the evidence we've gathered over twenty-five years of working with young male offenders supports the view expressed in the report that most young people who receive behaviour changing treatment early on will not continue to sexually abuse others or grow into adult offenders.
We were very pleased to have sponsored the latest Community Care SHB Conference which discussed ways to overcome the challenges in supporting children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour.
Gill Holiday and Debbie Royce talked about how SWAAY has used the latest knowledge on the neurological effects of trauma to develop practical tools to effectively treat the ‘whole child' when working with those affected by SHB.
The urgent need for early interventions using this type of work was highlighted in the Criminal Justice Joint Inspectorate's report, 'Examining Multi-Agency Responses to children and Young People who sexually offend,' the publication of which coincided with the Conference.
These papers can be downloaded from the 'Useful Links' section of our News page.
We will also be contributing to the Conference with a presentation from our own practitioners on understanding and managing past trauma by effectively treating the 'whole child,' by promoting secure attachments to meet the needs of individual children.
For more details download the Conference brochure, from the Community Care website.
We were very pleased to attend the NOTA (National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers) Conference again this year. We presented a workshop on the theme of “Speech and Language Therapy; one organisation’s new perspective in working more effectively to prevent sexual violence". Registered users may download a pdf copy of the presentation slides from our Resources page.