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Who do our solo homes accommodate? 

Our solo homes provide therapeutic care for a young person who may initially struggle to live in a larger group home and with other children. 

This enables our staff team to give them their complete focus and help them develop trusting relationships, build resilience, learn new things, and experience fun activities in a small and close-knit household. 

Most of our solo homes are also registered as dual homes so that when a young person is ready to develop their socialisation, we can welcome another child into the setting. 

Why is this beneficial to a young person? 

This flexibility is beneficial because it means a young person can step down into a dual home without needing to be moved, giving them the security and continuity to work towards their eventual next step towards independence.  

To facilitate this, our home and therapeutic teams liaise with the young person’s social worker to identify when to make the step and work closely to ensure a suitable match is found for a smooth and harmonious transition.   

How are solo homes similar to dual and group settings? 

Like in our dual 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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