Richmond Road – Young Person Service
About Richmond Road
CHT works in partnership with Achieving for Children to deliver a specialist semi-supported therapeutic service within the borough of Kingston for young people aged 16 up to 24 years.
CHT’s Young Person’s Service supports young people with complex presentations and histories of trauma to escape from or avoid the cycle of antisocial activity, unemployment, hospital and prison and move them towards employment or other pro-social occupation, their own housing, positive relationships, and developing the capacity to enjoy as near a normal life as possible, in line with the expressed aspirations of the young people themselves. The service provides a 24-hour staffed therapeutic residential setting for up to 5 young persons.
Young people are engaged in a psychosocial therapeutic model derived from a range of evidenced approaches including Enabling Environments, Psychologically Informed Environments, Therapeutic Communities, Psychology, Neurobiology, the Recovery movement, the Five Ways to Wellbeing, and the importance of relationships and occupation in recovery and (re)settlement.
The service operates as a psychologically informed therapeutic environment and delivers a structured therapeutic programme based around shared activity, group relationships, and individual key-working and psychotherapy. The service aims to create a positive environment that cultivates laughter, fun and creativity whilst allowing young people to enjoy being their age, and learn and develop resilience from healthy mistakes and life challenges, whilst experiencing a consistent system of boundaries.
The programme comprises individual and group based activities tailored to the individual, which include:
- Individual key work
- Daily evening cooking group
- Daily morning community meeting
- Weekly art group
- Outings & leisure activities
- Weekly psychoeducational well-being groups
- Practical life skills
- Support with education, training and voluntary opportunities
- Mentoring programme
- Access to individual psychotherapy
Each young person’s support plan addresses educational needs. Richmond Road’s programme places an emphasis on the value of education as a means of enhancing life opportunities and personal satisfaction. We support young people engaging in formal education.
We support our young people to engage in the opportunity of learning personal, social, health education and vital life skills. There are also various psycho-educational groups that cover these subject areas, to encourage a real understanding of how these areas can promote healthy psychological well-being in everyday life.
The service builds links with local educational providers such as colleges, as well as other educational resources, such as online learning. Each young person has space in their rooms for private and in communal areas for group study.
Enjoyment and Achievement
We place a strong emphasis on helping Young People to engage in life outside the service, in the local community, to promote social inclusion. This includes voluntary work, education, training courses and social and recreational activities that help young people to structure and give meaning to their day-to-day living. Achievements are noted and shared by the community, reinforcing positive experiences.
Health & Well Being
Richmond Road supports young people to manage their health: eg. All residents are supported to register with GP, dentist, opticians, sexual health clinics, CAMHS/drug and alcohol services as appropriate, and are supported in attending appointments. We support good meal and dietary choices through planning with young people; communal meals are part of the therapeutic programme and provide an opportunity for education around healthy lifestyle, as well as group interaction and bonding.
The service supports mental health through operation as a psychologically informed therapeutic environment and delivers a structured therapeutic programme based around shared activity, group relationships, and individual key-working and psychotherapy.
We offer all the Young People the opportunity to engage in one-to-one psychotherapy while they are with us, and for a time after moving on, if they feel it would be helpful. We use modern relational psychodynamic psychotherapy incorporating the latest perspectives from interpersonal neurobiology, with a view to supporting personal and emotional self-development and maturation, as well as working through traumatic of difficult issues from their histories. All our psychotherapists are fully-trained and experienced, and are members of UKCP or BPS or both; clinical supervision goes through the Lead Psychotherapist to the Chief Executive, who is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, and to the Chair of Trustees, who is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy. Changes in mental wellbeing are measured using Honos, CORE 34, and Warwick-Edinburgh wellbeing measure.
We use group psychological formulation as a working tool for the Young Person’s self-development and to ensure consistency in staff interactions with the Young People.
We a offer a range of individual and group therapeutic interventions that are informed by best practice and offered in response to resident need. The clinical aim is both to enable clients to better understand their early experiences, particularly any traumatic experiences, and to find more effective ways of managing themselves in their interpersonal, community and social relationships.
Our Young Person Service encourages contact with the young person’s family and social network where appropriate; this is managed in line with our visitors policy.
Each resident has an individual recovery plan and therapy plan that sets out their recovery pathway
Working together / Co-production
Co-production is at the centre of CHT’s approach. Central to the CHT model is the concept of learning through the experience of living together. As an integral part of their active engagement in the communal aspects of the programme Young People at Richmond Road are supported to be involved in:
- drawing up their own support plans and contributing to support plans of other residents through feedback and peer-reviews.
- Having a voice in their own multi-agency reviews.
- discussing prospective residents and new referrals.
- organising induction/orientation and buddying sessions for new residents.
- on-going dialogue with each other and with staff about all aspects of day-to-day running and maintenance of the house
- the establishment and maintenance of house-rules – including discussions about consequences for breaches of these rules.
- On-going and periodic reviews of the therapeutic programme.
CHT employs staff committed to recovery, and encourages applications from those with lived experience. The Service is staffed by a complement of 1 full-time Manager, qualified to NVQ5 level, a team of Senior Recovery Practitioners and Recovery Practitioners, and a full-time-equivalent qualified Psychologist/Psychotherapist; the service also has access to input from CHT’s Psychiatrist and Social Worker as required.
Richmond Road – Young Person Service
Tel: 020 8617 9680
Amer Si Mohand