Capacity to Protect Assessments can be carried out by the Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience in this area. This work will take place where there are identified risks of abuse to the child or young person from their parent or carer. The psychologist with input from the staff team will undertake a Capacity to Protect Intervention Plan to determine, if the appropriate levels of intervention are in place, a child or young person could return to the family setting or an alternative family setting (long term foster care). The psychologist can help to explore with the child or young person and staff team why behavioural difficulties and risk-taking behaviour occurs (functional analysis) and will have input into the development of Positive Behaviour Support Plans and Risk Enabling Assessments. Some children and young people will work directly with the psychologist in relation to ongoing family work.
A psychiatrist will also offer advice and guidance in relation to the mental health needs of children and young people in placement and will offer advice around any medication regime a young person may be subject to. Some children and young people may be assessed by our psychiatrist, if requested by the local authority.
The clinicians may visit the home on a regular basis to work with young people where appropriate and to provide consultative services with the staff team. The clinicians will discuss with staff any issues that are of concern but, more importantly, will work with children, young people and staff to develop strategies to help them understand their behaviour and work towards reducing incidents of aggression or potential risk to themselves and others. Clinicians will also work closely with parents/carers, foster carers and social workers to develop strategies for successful re-unification planning.