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Who do our dual homes accommodate?  

Our dual homes offer a smaller setting for two young people who need therapeutic placements in small groups. A dual home enables both children to develop socialisation skills while learning new things and experiencing fun activities and excursions together.  

How do dual home referrals work? 

Some homes start as solo settings and transition into dual homes when a young person is ready to make that step.  

We also place young people straight into dual homes after a carefully considered matching process to ensure the home has the right mix of children. 

How are dual homes similar to solo and group settings? 

Like in our solo and group settings, we adopt a therapeutic approach to care using the PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy) model. 

PACE promotes a way of thinking, feeling, communicating, and behaving to make a young person feel safe, and it’s based on how parents connect with children during their infant years. 

If a young person feels safe, they can form close relationships, build trust, and confidently explore the world. 

Playfulness– we create a fun and relaxed atmosphere where young people can form positive connections. Playful attitudes help them understand that temporary conflicts and separations won’t harm their relationships. 

Acceptance – we help our young people understand that their inner selves will never be ridiculed or rejected and that we accept them unconditionally. 

Curiosity – we constantly seek to understand a young person’s inner self and what fuels their behaviour, interactions, and relationships. 

Empathy – we do everything possible to understand a young person’s emotional state. We never forget that, given their experiences, they’re doing their best. 

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