Aspirations specialise in solo and dual residential accommodation for children unable to live with other children without individual support, or in a family setting. Our aim is to return each child to a family setting or semi-independent living as soon as possible. We work to ensure that we do not admit any child that would benefit from another service (e.g. secure accommodation, larger group residential or fostering) and we work diligently to ensure that this happens through the use of a comprehensive pre-placement assessment framework.
Our practice is based on a methodology that is applied by trained practitioners and support staff. Our aim is to enable the development of the child’s ability to regulate their emotions, develop healthy coping mechanisms at times of stress, to form and maintain future relationships. The method ensures each element of the child’s needs is addressed as they progress through their own development toward transition back to a family or independent living.
Initially, when a child is placed, we focus on providing safety for the child as this is paramount (see - The Recovery Model). Secondly, whilst their safe environment is maintained practice moves to supporting the child’s recovery from their traumas and finally, in the third stage of the placement practice activity concentrates on the transition back to a family setting or semi-independent living. In order to achieve this each child’s progress is measured both objectively (through the collection of tangible evidence based on observed behaviour) and subjectively (through the three-monthly assessment). This evidence is used to inform the child’s individual plan on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Every month, a report is produced outlining the progression and/or regression of the child. This report is shared with the child and all of the professionals involved.
Aspirations is outcomes focused. We believe that without measurable tangible outcomes it is difficult to evidence the value of the placement for the child and the Local Authority. To this end the five following outcomes are provided with the placement of each child:
- Homes that are rated Good or Outstanding by OFSTED
- Management and Staff that are skilled practitioners working with children unable to live in a family setting
- A working methodology that guides practice and the children’s plan
- Measurable, tangible evidence of behavioural and internalised change.
- The transition of the child from a solo or dual home to a family or semi-independent living.
The Recovery Model
To find out further information please view our individual homes Statements of Purpose