Every child has a right to belong and to thrive.

At Rolle House we have developed a unique model of therapeutic practice which is embedded as a whole home approach. The model has been based on “Tillid”, a Danish word which translates as trust and faith. This is at the very heart of our approach and how we build nurturing and trusting relationships with the young people in our care.

The model is based on 10 core values, that layer in unison to create a solid approach, which is shared throughout practice in the home. A young person entering residential care will present with stored trauma and this will be experienced as a nse or strong feeling/emotion in the body. Through our approach we are able to identify their emotions and link those to the stored trauma and wrap effective language around it. This enables the young person to identify those feelings and express their thoughts and feelings with emotional literacy and language and be able to ask for the support they need until they can manage themselves independently.

Knowing oneself is one of the greatest skills you can develop; loving and accepting oneself is the greatest gifts we can possess, and that is the philosophy of “Tillid”.

Our approach is as follows:

  • We use a positive parenting approach that promotes happy childhood memories, which provides safety, stability, and love in a sensory informed environment.
  • Based on social pedagogy, we structure the young person’s world to use opportunities to gain experience and develop their social awareness and promote independence.
  • Embedding Thrive which is a trauma informed behaviour approach, we support individuals to fill the gaps in early development to elevate young people’s wellbeing and emotional language towards right time chronological age.
  • Using a bi-model effective communication style immersed in British Sign language, we promote Deaf identity and culture.
  • We wrap effective communication around stored trauma and supporting emotional resilience to cope with past, present and future experiences.
  • We set realistic outcomes and develop risk with responsibility and an understanding of cause and effect and natural consequences.
  • We develop the young person’s understanding of their life story and work alongside our young people and their families.
  • We work on strengthening the life bonds within the circles of community for the young person.
  • By creating robust care plans we identify a pathway of long-term provision for the young person, so they are fully prepared for their futures and have autonomy over life making decisions.
  • We place the voice of the young person at the centre of everything, so they have lived experience of what is happening in their world and supporting them to develop a sense of identity.

How we evidence our model at Rolle House:

  • All the adults use a positive parenting ethos that incorporates a PACE style and are always seeking opportunities to create happy memories and have fun. The environment has been designed to meet the sensory needs of the young people and has a bespoke sensory garden, a sensory room and individualised bedrooms specific to the young people. The furniture is therapeutically designed and there are several break out spaces for young people to spend time alone and have privacy but still feel included in their environment.
  • Outcomes for development for the young people are threaded into their care plan and reviewed regularly to chart progress. Most of this work is evidenced throughout significant discussions between adults and the young people. A behaviour analysis can be constructed using this data to measure successful outcomes for young people.
  • The Thrive behaviour approach allows us to capture emotional wellbeing evidence through the online tool. Through baseline and behaviour assessments each young person can be baselined and measured against progress. The tool gives us statistical data and bespoke action plans that evidence and measure progress for the young person. In addition, we create Thrive progress books that briefl, evidence how the young person has made progress and the activities they engaged with to develop and learn.
  • Using various forms of effective communication allows us to gain the young person’s views and wishes. We use, social stories, AAC, visual resources, small world sand trays, comic strips and gestures and British Sign Language in the home. All staff are trained up to a level 3 in BSL.
  • Adults are trained in the trauma recovery model which looks at where the young person is on the model and depending on that we aim to work with: instability and chaos, trust and relationship building, working with trauma, insight and awareness, future planning, achieving goals and having a clear positive pathway for their future. Using the Thrive trauma approach along with the positive parenting and emotional literacy, this is achievable.
  • Having realistic outcomes formed in a Thrive plan, we can evidence and measure the young person’s development in risk taking with responsibility and learning cause and effect through natural consequence. This can be seen through the outcome progress in our care plans and in the Thrive books.
  • Developing a young person’s understanding of their life story takes multi-agency work with those who have parental responsibility. This may be a parent, a social worker, or an independent reviewing officer. This is collaborative sensitive work that again can be evidenced through care plans and the Thrive progress books.
  • Strengthening the bonds in the community circles including family, friends, teachers, professionals, neighbours, clubs and groups is vital for the lifelong bonds that young person needs to build, especially when they will remain in the locality, so they will continue to develop and maintain these relationships when they move on to being an adult. Again, this will be evidenced through the care plans, Thrive progress books and achievements, certifications and awards.
  • Creating a clear vision for young people as soon as they move into the home is vital so they always have the knowledge of what is next for them and know we will prepare and support them. This is so they will feel excited about the challenge and have control over what their futures look like. This piece of work will be evidenced through significant discussions, monthly meetings and multi-agency work with the local authorities, social workers and parents when a pathway plan is implemented.
  • We evidence the young person’s voice throughout weekly reports where they give the highlight and challenge of the week, and through monthly meetings where they share their wishes, concerns and views. Their voice is captured through significant discussions and care plans. We have a healthy safeguarding culture in the home where all can speak freely, and all opinions are listened to. There is a strong focus on the language used throughout our paperwork that is mindful of the care experienced reader, who will once 18 have access to all of their records. We aim for the young people in our care to read their paperwork and know that they were a cared for valued member of the home and had a sense of belonging and love.