High Support Service

Mission Statement

To provide individualised support and care, as part of a holistic care plan, to children who are under a Care Order, thus living out of home and presenting challenging behaviour.

The Service

The High Support Services provide one-to-one support to children living out of home, who require more in-depth intervention due to the challenging behaviour which they present. The purpose is to foster the child’s independence and to nurture the child physically, emotionally and spiritually, as well as coaching him/her to develop social and educational skills. The service is offered to children who are under a Care Order and who present challenging behaviour or special needs, and is part of the care plan for the said children.
 
Aims & Objectives
  • to offer a needs-led service for specific children and young adolescents who are service users of the Looked After Children Service of Aġenzija Appoġġ; 
  • to provide individual care and support to the children within the setting of the Residential Home or wherever the children are residing, so as to enable them to integrate better in their setting; 
  • to work hand in hand with Head of care/Head of unit or care-providers, and liaise with various professionals, including the child's key social worker and the residential social worker so as to meet the children's needs in an integrated manner; 
  • to support residential workers or care providers in caring for the children concerned, with the ultimate aim of enabling these children to settle and integrate in their alternative place of residence; 
  • to adopt and maintain safe working practices with the children in the programme;
  • to support the children to integrate and function positively as part of their "family group" and to assist them in developing skills which are appropriate and acceptable within a family;
  • to provide stimulating activities (educational/play) according to each children's individual needs, interests and abilities, while at the same time support the children in tasks within the home setting, in keeping with the timetable and expectations of the residential setting/home; 
  • to assist and support children in developing independence and general life skills, appropriate to their age and ability; 
  • to attend Case Reviews and Care Plan meetings so as to represent the child's progress and/or needs, and to support the children when participating in such meetings, where necessary and appropriate; 
  • to keep updated records of all activities and interventions, so as to ensure continuity of care and accountability; 
  • to report any concerns regarding the children, immediately to the appropriate professional; 
  • to recruit, train, monitor and supervise care workers in order to help them provide the best service possible, thus help them build a positive healthy relationship with the child according to his or her needs.