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Description of activity
ART is a specialised social work team within Achieving for Children which works with young people between 11 and 18 years of age, their families and carers. The team starts intervening with a young person when a number of issues have escalated to the point of crisis and the family’s stability has been jeopardised, risking breakdown. The young people may be experiencing a combination of the difficulties described below:
• At risk of becoming or has been excluded from the education system
• Significant behavioural issues including high aggression as a result of a learning difficulty/disability such as ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s.
• Significant offending behaviour and/or substance misuse issues which are impacting on the stability within the home.
• Significant mental health needs such as severe and persistent depressive episodes, eating disorders and self-harming.
• Challenging family dynamics and/or significant parental difficulties that impact on the relationships and stability within the family including adoption breakdown cases.
ART is made up of Social Workers and Adolescent Support Workers. The team aims to work in a targeted and phased way to support a
family’s stability, to embed and sustain changes within the family by dealing with the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms. The team works in a reflective systemic manner with all these families and pulls on evidence-based resources within the wider service structure and externally to strengthen our interventions.
Working hours are between 9 am – 5:15pm Monday- Friday across Kingston and Richmond.
Aims and objectives
Preventing young people aged 11-18 from:
• Entering the care system and preventing family breakdown through early identification, assessment and intervention
• Being admitted into hospital under sections of the Mental Health Act or voluntary admission due to significant decline to emotional
and mental health
• Becoming homeless, in line with Children Act 1989, national and local guidance as well as Southwark Judgement case law.
• Working collaboratively with service users and in a multi-agency context effectively to ensure that timely, flexible and creative care planning takes place to meet the young people’s identified care needs in line with statutory and local guidance.
• To ensure a timely and responsive service, which includes all cases meeting expected statutory and performance indicator timescales.