SureCare and Education
SureCare believes that education is fundamental to the well-being of the young people in our care. All staff and young people understand that education is part of everyday life at SureCare, whether it is formal or informal education or indeed psychological education.
SureCare has a fully qualified Educational Psychologist to assess every young person. A clear educational profile will inevitably help the young person.
In some instances, mainstream education is not quite right for a young person in the Looked After System and a range of more appropriate provision is explored. Within this remit, SureCare seeks to find in-house tutors or specialist placements to provide an educational provision to suit the specific needs of each young person. SureCare ‘s ethos is to find the environment that is right for the young person and we are also creative and effective in forming educational plans which we consider will ensure progress for the young person and enhance their well-being.
SureCare strongly believes that almost any activity can be part of a young person’s education. And so tasks and time spent on a wide variety of activities in our Homes can enhance the experience of the young people. This approach not only helps the acquisition of knowledge but also develops a stronger bond between the young person and staff, enabling more opportunity for open discussion.
Our previous informal education plans are extensive and these are just a few:
a residential fishing trip where the young person has not only learnt to fish but also has found out about specific waterways, the surrounding environment and has spent time discussing wildlife.
a planned trip to a musical in London with a backstage visit which prompted discussion around a variety of future careers and underpinning achievement.
a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with questions to follow up and generating a project book about fashion through the ages
working with horses and learning about safety, environment and animal husbandry
All these informal educational trips and work were developed around the particular interests of the young person concerned.
Psycho-educational ideas and programmes are shared via clinical and peer supervision and either become a part of therapy with our Chartered Psychologist or part of the key-working session. Our young people become proficient in identifying belief systems, thinking patterns, impulse regulation, brain responses, attachment styles, interactive patterns etc. They also become more effective and increase their own ability to self-monitor and manage unwelcome responses. The members of our staff develop too their own knowledge base around psychology and acquire themselves psychological tools.