We have our own Psychology Service within our residential homes. The psychology service is operated through our Psychologist in Training and our partnership with The University of Nottingham (Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, School of Medicine). Our Psychologist carries out an initial baseline psychological assessment involving case summary, behavioural observation, clinical interview, psychometric assessment and formulation with all young people placed at a Footsteps to Futures residential home. This assessment informs the therapeutic and care planning throughout their residency.

Through completion of these assessments the following are provided within a Footsteps to Futures residential home:

  • Psychologically informed risk assessments
  • Psychologically informed behaviour management plans
  • Identifying individual risk and protective factors associated with sexual exploitation
  • Recommendations on how to reduce these risks and increase positive outcomes
  • Psychologically informed staff team
  • Evidence based practice.

The Footsteps to Futures Psychology Service provides commissionable individual psychological therapy to the young people within the residential homes. Individual therapy will be proposed following the robust baseline psychological assessment if deemed a treatment need. A bespoke intervention plan with costings will be provided to Local Authorities detailing the recommended treatment.

We can provide the following therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
  • Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT).

Hilltop House is a full member of The Royal College of Psychiatrist’s (RPsych) Community of Communities (CofC) to become recognised as an accredited Therapeutic Community (TC). This means we have signed up to a rigorous quality improvement process involving annual self and peer reviews to meet a set of standards that are agreed by accredited TC members. This review process ensures that we are continuously improving following the support and guidance from industry experts.

Our Psychology Service delivers the following benefits:

  • Group Therapeutic Interventions – Group programmes are designed and deliver for the young people using psycho-educational and cognitive-behavioural principles around their presenting treatment needs. For example; self-esteem, sexual exploitation, social problem solving and DBT skills. These group interventions are delivered as part of the young person’s placement cost and they occur at regular intervals within the residential home.
  • A Supported Staff Team – Staff each receive 1 hour of staff support every two months in addition to their supervision which enables them to reflect, develop and improve on their own practice. Staff attend monthly reflective practice groups and staff dynamic groups which are designed to explore the professional practice and professional relationships. Staff also receive ad-hoc staff debriefs following significant incidents within a Footsteps to Futures residential home. A member of the psychological team attends staff handover to provide psychological consultancy to our staff.
  • Evaluation and Audit – The service has a commitment to deliver evidence based practice. Part of this responsibility involves developing and publishing research to improve our own practice and improve the whole industry. Assessment methods and psychological interventions are specifically chosen on their suitability for the young person and what up-to-date research tells us on the effectiveness of the approach.
  • External Psychological Consultancy – The service can provide ad-hoc consultancy regarding the young people in our care to Social Care and Education Providers. A member of the service attends Looked After Child reviews and Child Sexual Exploitation meetings for the residing young people at Footsteps to Futures.

For more information, contact: psychology@footstepstofutures.co.uk