Our Approach to Care and Education
AWW Ltd has devised a methodology for developing children’s social care programs and plans for placement, which we refer to as ARCH. This methodology has been developed over the last ten years to ensure we are proactive in addressing significant issues in a child or young person’s life. We have developed a comprehensive set of in-house resources which are selected to meet each individual’s needs and identified risks.
Resources are further personalised according to the young person’s age and circumstances in providing an alternative education. For example, a child moving into supported or independent living after leaving AWW will need to work through resources relevant to the context of their point in that journey. Respectfully we accept and acknowledge where the individual has come from and the path that has lead to AWW.
We won’t lecture to an individual that ‘smoking is bad for them’ for example, we accept it is likely they already know that. However if we can help an individual understand where the stress comes from which is leading them to smoke, we find they will then feel differently and may feel that the smoking is something they want to tackle.
Our ARCH approach purposefully creates opportunities through our internal 28 day rolling program of alternative education. ARCH (CSE resources), as well as being outdoors and participation, form the building blocks for all children and young people to take the next step to ensuring their future safety and well-being and developing their understanding of the world.
The acronym ‘ARCH’ is explained below, and forms the basis for all children’s social care programs of intervention and planning for placement for all children and young people across AWW Ltd:
(A) Assist – We assist children to recognise positive, balanced relationships. This is done from the point of referral and often is the starting point for the journey the individual will go on in accepting their situation, understanding how to keep themselves safe and coming to terms with previous trauma, abusive relationships, neglect, situational abuse or other life changing factors.
(R) Respect – We respect all individual experiences, actively listening to everyone’s stories. The purpose of this is not to sympathise, but to create the opportunity to write the next chapter more positively.
(C) Confident – We ensure we have confident and self-assured staff, through rigorous recruitment, induction, training and CPD. Our exceptional training is designed in a way to ensure staff feel confident, and are perceived by children and young people to be confident. This is how we add stability to the lives of children who deserve this at this important stage of growth and development.
(H) Help – We help by developing an allegiance with an individual to support them along their new path, which we guide, not direct. Through fostering an open approach, we find the individual will be more receptive to more positive future options, resulting in making the right choices independently as placements continue.