Tag Archive: education

There are well-timed behavioural rewards and endorsements built into the ward programme to encourage young people to keep on track. For example, after a session of education or group therapy there is always a break during which the young people have a drink and free time.

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Understanding how mental health problems present and develop in children, young people and adults is also central to specialist CAMHS work.

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Facilitate work placements for young people

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Where appropriate we endeavour to facilitate work placements for young people. We have forged good relationships with several charity shops in the local area and most recently had a student visit local youth magazine ‘Exposure’, and attend an induction at Hospice Muswell Hill. From: simmonshouse.org

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Career and further education advice is offered by visiting careers workers. The YP can explore options available to them as regards to courses and work opportunities.

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Ensuring that children’s emotional needs are assessed and identified

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[Mainstream schools] need to have a mechanism of ensuring that children’s emotional needs are assessed and identified…(and) can’t slip through the net. [Taking into account] the most important aspects of children’s development, their emotional needs, rather than where they are on various key stages.  We need to ensure that schools are resourced for providing this range of services. (From: here)

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Teaching staff will form close links with young people’s school or college/education provider to make sure they don’t fall behind in mainstream school.

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Well-organised liaison between a young person’s usual school and hospital school; for example, detailed reports ‘travel’ with the young person. This enables education staff to form a holistic picture of young people’s profile, progress and issues.

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Contact and continuity with usual school

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We will make contact with the young person’s usual school and, if it is useful, we will continue with school-work from them. This transition will be carefully planned and managed, and will vary for each student. It may involve a gradual integration to the new provision to get you accustomed to it. (From:http://www.simmonshouse.org/education.html)

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Mainstream educational teams attend the discharge CPAs. This helps formulate an agreed plan and allow the young person to ask any questions about it.

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Good communication about the young person’s future educational needs must be timed to facilitate appropriate educational provision at discharge.

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