This case study highlights how moving a young person out of county for a short period of time can be a positive step and can lead to fantastic outcomes for the young person and their family when managed correctly. Robert** was referred to Wings School Notts when he was 12 years old. Robert has complex needs with a diagnosis of ADHD along with difficulties associated with severe childhood trauma.
When living at home, Robert presented with very challenging behaviours including:
- Absconding– He would go missing on a daily basis, absconding from his foster placements and during school. During Robert’s missing episodes he was involved in increasingly disruptive, anti-social and criminal behaviour leading to police involvement.
- Substance misuse - Robert smoked cannabis and tobacco on a daily basis and also drank alcohol regularly.
- Verbally and physically aggressive behaviour towards other young people and adults.
- Non-attendance at school and education for 8 months - Robert had difficulties in concentration and attention as a result of his diagnosis of ADHD.
Roberts’ Social Worker contacted the Kedleston Group considering some options for an out of area education and care placement. The Local Authority felt Robert needed some time away from his local area to reduce the increasing risks. Roberts’s parent was in full agreement and everyone felt that Robert had so much potential but needed a fresh start and new opportunities.
Robert has a fantastic sense of humour, charisma to learn, and a willingness to engage in positive activities. The staff team at Wings School Notts were all confident they could work with him and support him to achieve great things.
Has it worked......?
- Robert has now been at Wings School Notts for 3 years.
- Robert attends school every day and accesses a variety of lessons across a varied curriculum.
- Robert is working towards qualifications in various subjects including Maths, English and PE.
- Robert has been missing on just a few occasions during his time at Wings.
- Robert has not had any police involvement or reports of anti-social behaviour in the community.
- Robert engaged in the smoking cessation programme and no longer uses cannabis.
- Robert has identified he would like go in the armed forces and is engaging in education and key work related to achieving this goal.
- Due to Roberts excellent behaviour and progress Robert is now completing overnight stays back at home
How was this achieved by the team.....?
- Positive attachments and relationships with male and female members of staff from a variety of backgrounds.
- Fair, clear and consistent boundaries across all areas.
- Approach based on good behaviour, rewards and incentives.
- Special and memorable experiences such as fun trips into the local community.
- Safe and healthy contact with family supported by members of staff Effective multi-agency work to support Robert to return home.
- The most important thing – Robert’s commitment and engagement and the willingness to change his approach to life and his future.
Moving away a young person away from their home can seem drastic, however like for Robert, it can also be the only option to break the cycle of negative behaviours and give that young person the chance for a happy a fulfilling life.
**Name has been changed to protect identity.