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Identify and name strengths

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It is important that any service helps young people to identify and name their strengths, giving them an opportunity to talk about how they have done things differently, or how they coped with situations that were complex. This can increase their confidence in talking to people around them. From: theguardian.com

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Instilling fear in young people as a practice has negative consequences. It can produce yet more anger and resentment. It can intimidate and cause them to lose yet more confidence in themselves.

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Well-thought-out staffing to provide a strong team of well supported staff. There needs to be clarity of roles within the team so that everyone understands their roles and those of others. Staff to share ethos of service which provides a clear responsibility of purpose. Staff to be trained in developmental and mental health issues, and also de-escalation training to increase confidence in handling aggression. A commitment to effective systems of regular staff support to underpin all of this. (Where Next)

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Staff try to give feelings expressed by the young person a name which resonates with them: acknowledging their feelings with words helps them to build confidence and a language with which to understanding and express their feelings.

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Staff support young people when they go out into the community to carry out a task. This can be really scary and anxiety-provoking, but it allows them to gradually gain confidence and test things out with support. Ideally, the member of staff is someone they have a good relationship with and whom they feel they can trust. This way, they can be reassured and reminded about the skills they have gained on the ward, therefore building their resilience.

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Self-Esteem programme

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Self-Esteem programme in schools

The Self-Esteem Team have developed an award winning education programme for Body Gossip, which they deliver in secondary schools all over the UK.

It is delivered by the Self-Esteem Team.  The classes give students a unique insight into the worlds of internet, media, fashion and beauty so that they can negotiate them on their own terms with confidence.

Source: bodygossip.org – read more here

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Imaginal experiences

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If evidence of achievement is yet to be experienced, staff can use ‘imaginal experiences’ to create a desired future image of oneself – one’s Best Possible Self. Encourage the young person to write, or visually create, a future auto-portrait following these instructions:

‘Imagine that you’ve achieved what you aimed for, that your best potentials have come to be realised. Write about and vividly imagine yourself in that future.’

This exercise enhances confidence and optimism, helps achieve a better integration between priorities and goals, and increases happiness. The idea is to make the Best Possible Self tangible enough to encourage actions, to make sure this future self comes true.

Adapted from Boniwell 2015 – read more here

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 Creating A Living-Learning-Leisure Balance

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The team works in partnership with each young person and their parents or carers to establish what treatment works best for them. They also encourage the young people to express themselves creatively and have established a successful arts programme. Young people also benefit from an on-site school and are encouraged to take part in a range of fun activities including cookery, IT and games, which not only enhances their treatment but also supports their rehabilitation by building confidence and developing social skills. The service also has access to the Woodland Retreat; an innovative on-site annexe for young people to use as a learning or leisure base.

From withuinmind.nhs.uk

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Children’s and Young People Survey

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In 2014 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out their first national survey of children and young people. They asked young people aged 8-15 what they thought about their time in a general hospital. They also asked parents and carers of 0-15 year olds for their views. Nearly 19,000 people responded.

Professor Edward Baker, the CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: “There is much to celebrate in our first survey to ask children and young people about their care.

“Nationally, most young people and children said they were happy with their care, are able to understand the information given by staff following an operation or procedure, and that they have confidence staff are doing everything they can to manage their pain…

“What is particularly worrying is that children with physical, learning or mental health needs are telling us they have poorer experiences. This needs to be addressed straight away so that services meet the needs of all children, irrespective of any disability or specific need.” (From here)

As part of the survey, children were encouraged to draw a picture of their care. The CQC have pinned some of those drawings onto their Pinterest board with the hashtag #KidsVoice.

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Acknowledging difficulties ward programme attendance

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“Acknowledging that there may be difficulties for a young person when expecting them to attend the ward programme. Being flexible with this and care planning alternative solution but working towards building up to the groups.”

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