The Good Lives Model
At SWAAY we work according to the ‘Good Lives Model (GLM)’ which suggests that most people have common needs or goals that they place in varying order of importance (depending on what matters most to them). According to this model harmful sexual behaviour can be explained as a problematic way of trying to meet these needs. As such, the Residential, Education and Therapy teams work closely with the children/young people at SWAAY to build on their capabilities and strengths to allow them to achieve their life goals in a safe way that doesn’t cause harm to themselves or others. We believe that ‘what works’ in rehabilitating children/young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour is our evidence based therapeutic programme; however we recognise that ‘what matters’ for our children/young people are the opportunities for a Good Life that are supported by everyone involved in their care.