Our agency is called New Chapters for a reason. We want the next chapter in all the young people’s lives to be about stability, security, trust, and responsibility leading to a successful transition into adulthood.
The New Chapters Way
Why the Solution Focused Approach?
Solution focused therapy has combined two simple ideas in supporting children and young people. Instead of making them look back at traumas and trying to understand and fix problems, the solution focused approach works by encouraging them to plan a way forward and seek all the resources necessary to follow this path.
The guiding principles centre on working with young people rather than their problems. Our approach offers a way of talking with children and young people in their day-to-day lives to bring about positive change. Research into the solution focused approach, shows that it consistently works and helps maintain placement stability. This model is the cornerstone of our service delivery.
Chapter 2: Further support from the New Chapters Family
We believe in being proactive when supporting our children and carers. Therefore, New Chapters provide further holistic support to the fostering family. The range of services are detailed below and during your fostering career you have access to these as and when required.
- Group sessions are in place for all fostering households and held once a month to share experiences.
- One to One reflective sessions.
- Counselling sessions
Our family support worker intervenes with focused pieces of work on a 1:1 or groupwork basis. This work is diverse and covers self-harm, anger management, emotional regulation, independent skills, mobile and internet safety, social skills. All packages of support are developed dependent on assessed need
Chapter 3: New Chapters Get 2 Gethers
The New Chapters Family believe maintaining positive relationships between young people, the carers and the wider carer group and team is essential. For this reason, lots of activities take place around bringing the New Chapters family together. These consist of group events, social gatherings and events targeted at current themes that help keep young people safe and emotionally well.
- Coffee morning for fostering carers and their families
- School holiday activities including Bowling, Zoo, Easter Egg Hunt, Beach Day, Summer BBQ, Halloween Event, and Christmas Party
- Workshops for young people around Independent skills, CSE Awareness, Mindfulness, Domestic Violence.
- Carers Christmas Meal.