Our individual care planning and review system identifies a young person’s needs, what we have to do to address those needs, and tracks progress throughout the residential care placement.
The starting point is the placement plan we develop – in consultation with the child or young person’s designated Social Worker – based on their care plan.
The placement plan outlines each individual’s needs in five areas:
- health and physical development
- education and employment
- social functioning and relationships
- behaviour and emotional development
- attachment and family
A written plan is prepared for the work of our team will undertake with the child/young person over the coming month. This input is specifically designed to meet their individual needs, as identified in their care and placement plans. The work undertaken each month is targeted, focussed and measurable so we can to ensure each child/young person is being given the best opportunity to achieve and we are delivering the right support to make their residential placement a success.
We hold a residential care monthly review meeting to evaluate the effectiveness of the work undertaken in the previous month and progress towards the desired outcomes for change and development set out in the monthly plan.
The meeting also provides an opportunity for the child/young person, their family and Tusla representative / Social Worker to contribute. This analysis and discussion help maintain the focus of our work on the individual’s needs and to identify alternative strategies if those outcomes are not being achieved.
At TerraGlen we recognise the value of every contribution that Social Workers, family members and the individual themselves can make to a successful placement for that young person. Best practice promotes the engagement of children/young people in all areas of their lives and their active participation in all decisions that affect them.
We submit a progress report to the young person’s Social Worker at the end each month.