Closeburn House is an impressive country house that sits on the edge of Closeburn village and offers residency for up to 11 young people aged 10 to 19 on admission.
We provide an exceptional “living and learning” educational and social environment, where each young person enjoys the opportunity to develop their potential to the full, through a comprehensive care and educational package, tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
We specialise in empowering each young person in our care so that they may understand their voice in context – our staff will “go the extra mile” for each young person so that they can be the best that they can be. Closeburn House offers a structured yet nurturing environment where negatives are positively challenged, with opportunities for positive change and where young people are encouraged to appreciate their self-worth.
Promoting and supporting engagement for all our young people is an integral part of our ethos. In using person-centred practices, we empower our young people to be responsible and make informed decisions, teaching them to have a good understanding of realistic goals. This is achieved through Daily Care Plans with identified targets requested by them around the SHANARRI Indicators / Care Standards focusing on SMART model target outcomes / achievements. This is prescribed for the month with their journey recorded to measure steps taken. Each young person engages in a learning discussion where the month is measured by them. This helps both the young person and us determine and meet short-term / long-term goals.
Using Dyadic Developmental Parenting training we aim to:
- Ensure each child has the best possible relationship with one or two adults who have a parenting role through day to day care.
- Help the child develop as much attachment security as possible through consistent and attuned parenting, having a safe place to live in a home that is as permanent as possible.
- Enable whoever is the most permanent, safest, consistent and attuned primary parenting role with the child, understand the child in the context of their past history and experiences.
- Help those who are involved in parenting the child to develop the most effective ways of helping and supporting the child, to manage behaviours that are concerning to the child and to others.
- Be proactive with parents, foster carers, adoptive families, and the networks around them, in suggesting and promoting the most effective supports and interventions to be in place for the child and the parent(s), such as educational, social, practical as well as therapeutic.
- Help all professionals working with the child to ensure the child and their behaviour is understood and that the child feels as safe as possible at the home and in social activities.
The Promise Plan 21 – 24 states that ‘The workforce will feel supported to respond to behaviour in a trauma informed way that reflects a deep understanding of the children in their care.’
We deliver this intensive nurture-based support which is TRAUMA informed and underpinned by a multitude of specialist training across both care and education including TCI 7 (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention), TCI DDI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Developmental Disabilities) and DDP level one and two (Dyadic Developmental Parenting) as well as opportunities for all staff to partake in Therapeutic Parenting training up to foundation level which is fully accredited by the BPA.
We feel this level of training to underpin service delivery is sector leading.