Having experienced a difficult early life, when Elliot* came to Wings School Notts as a young teenager, the full extent of the trauma he had experienced was not yet known. Sadly, it had left him with a difficult relationship with his family, with whom he now has little to no contact. He struggled within several foster care placements which all ultimately broke down due to foster carers being unable to manage the challenging and aggressive behaviour Elliot exhibited.
Due to Elliot displaying these behaviours within repeated foster placements, it was felt that another foster care setting was no longer suitable to meet his needs or give him the specialised support he required. He was refusing to go out or engage in activities outside of the home leaving him isolated which was having an impact on his mental health. Elliot was also struggling to build any meaningful peer or carer relationships due to his fears around further rejection. Elliot needed stability, consistency and a new approach.
It was agreed that a medium-term nurturing, therapeutic residential placement was needed to provide the care and support he needed, so he moved into Wings School Notts.
Wings School Notts has received four 'Outstanding' Ofsted Social Care gradings in a row, with Ofsted saying, "The children’s home provides highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good." They promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, enabling them to achieve in education, enjoy social activities, have positive relationships and feel empowered.
The experienced team at Wings School Notts set about putting together a highly bespoke programme to ensure he received the right level of clinical and pastoral input to best equip him with the skills to self-regulate and better manage his own behaviours. A tailored educational timetable was also designed and aligned to support an eventual return to a mainstream school. There was a focus on core National Curriculum subjects and sessions teaching essential skills for life, alongside subjects which he had a real interest in, such as music.
The onsite multi-disciplinary team worked in collaboration with him, teaching him about the impact of his aggressive behaviours, understanding his triggers and supported him to explore alternative coping mechanisms. Key-worker sessions also focused on how to build and maintain relationships with peers and carers and taught him to understand home/group dynamics.
He was part of a group of young people who had the fantastic opportunity to visit Disneyland Paris over a summer break, where he had a great time with his friends and the Wings Notts team – something he would never have been able to achieve previously.
Where is he today? With the help of Wings School Notts and a supporting social worker, Elliot has successfully returned to a foster placement and is now happy and settled living with a new family.
He was fully supported by the Wings Notts team with visits and the transition into a foster care placement and felt confident with being able to better manage and regulate his behaviours to make a real success of it.
He is also now flourishing in a mainstream school and is looking forward to planning his future with potential to attend a college and live independently within the community.
*Name has been changed to protect identity
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