(name has been changed)
David came into care at the age of 13 following a conviction for two serious offences and was considered a high risk of reoffending by his youth offending team. David experienced difficulties in care, with a number of placements ending prematurely because of his offending behaviour and the level of risk he posed to himself and others. Eventually David went to a secure unit and from there had a planned move to a BMC single occupancy home.
The staff team at the home worked closely with the allocated clinician to consider David’s day-to-day behaviours, area of difficulty and how these areas could be addressed.
Individual weekly therapy sessions were facilitated for David and the care team ensured that David attended weekly appointments with the youth offending team and encouraged him to work with the local CAMHS.
Multi-agency working between his allocated BMC clinician and his youth offending team permitted an updated risk assessment to be undertaken for David. The close working relationships around David allowed for a deeper level of understanding of his individual needs and how his difficulties might present. This allowed his care team to be responsive and support his development.
David made considerable progress following initial high levels of incidents, with physical interventions required on a near daily basis. Over time his levels of aggression, and interventions reduced considerably and it was evident that David had developed positive attachments with the care team.