CASPA provides residential care for children and young people who cannot live at their family home for their own safety, welfare and wellbeing. Children and young people in residential care have high and complex needs.
CASPA understands that children who come into Residential Care have been affected by trauma in their childhood and therefore we work closely with Complex Care to provide clinical support for our youth workers, and they are all trained through formal Cert. IV in Youth work qualifications as a minimum education standard.
CASPA utilises Dr Bruce Perry's 6 core strengths in its therapeutic approach to care for children and young people. Dr Perry is a Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy an American-based organisation dedicated to research and education on child maltreatment. His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating concepts of developmental neuroscience and child development into clinical practices.
The six core strengths devised for healthy child development are;
- Attachment - Be a friend
- Self-Regulation - Think before you act
- Affiliation - Join in
- Tolerance - Accept differences
- Attunement - Think of others
- Respect - Respect yourself and others
The behavioural, emotional, social, physical and educational needs of the children and young people in placement are identified through a comprehensive assessment process, and are addressed in individualised case plans which are subject to regular review. The interventions and support offered by direct care staff and other personnel involved in the case plan (e.g. psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, education specialists, medical specialists) form the basis of an outcomes focused program designed to assist children and young people to achieve stability and to develop the skills to enable them to progress towards independence.