Tag Archive: space

The aim of the treatment programme is to help the young person make progress and move forward. But the first task is to try and create a thinking space that redefines for the patient what it means to be staying on the Unit. Gustavus Jones, S. (2007).

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Changes in attitude among staff and those managing the service

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In work with young people and families with such entrenched and complex needs, it may well be necessary to bring about changes in attitude among staff and those managing the service, so as to create sufficient time and space to think about each individual person and case on a recurrent basis. From: england.nhs.uk

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Where possible a service should involve a young person’s carers, parents or social workers. This helps to create a safe space for some difficult conversations and ensure continuity of the work, while avoiding duplication of intervention. From:http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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We ask that no more than 2 people visit (without prior arrangement) on the ward at any one time, due to a lack of space on the unit.

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The dining room provides a space for families to have meals together.

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Young people are encouraged to bring items from home to personalise their room; posters and photos are a good way to make this their own space and every room has a noticeboard where they can put these.

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Young people are to respect staff, peers, belongings, rights to privacy, the environment, opinions and personal space at all times. And the same goes for staff.

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Being admitted to a ward can feel exposing and can lead young people to feeling scared and vulnerable. They often don’t know how to manage their feelings resulting in maladaptive coping mechanisms, which are often displayed as risky behaviours. One-to-ones give them a safe space to talk about their thoughts and feelings. We ask them at the start of the day when they would like their one-to-one.

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Mobile phone usage

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“Mobile phones can only be used between 6-8pm, at other times they are expected to be kept in a secure space, monitored by nursing staff.”

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Our team approach

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“Our team approach: we emphasise the importance of creating psychological and physical space to enable the young to progress.”

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