Beth came to us in when she was 13 years old, having been subject to exploitation at the hands of an older gang since the age of 11.
When Beth arrived, she was withdrawn and frightened and did not want to open up to adults. Having been involved in a volatile adult world, Beth had forgotten how to be a little girl. She was struggling with her emotions and was unable to contextualise her experiences.
Beth joined us for short-term, 2 to 1 care, which meant she received intensive emotional support via our therapeutic approach, informed by multi-agency assessment. Our care team worked with Beth using our specialised ARCH programme of care, helping her to understand how to build trusting relationships and reassuring her that she was safe.
Through outdoor activities and alternative education such as trips to the park and spending time with animals, Beth was able to experience the freedoms and simple pleasures of childhood for the first time in many years.
Gradually Beth grew in confidence and began to feel able to open up. Staff recognised that spending time grooming and riding horses calmed and reassured Beth, and this became her favourite activity. As Beth began to feel more at ease, staff gently helped her to understand the meaning of exploitation, and it was during an encounter with the horses that she was first able to communicate to staff some of the things she had been through. Through our nurturing care, Beth had begun to feel safe and happy for the first time in many years.
Beth still had a difficult journey ahead of her as she came to terms with what had happened to her. However, the relationships that she had built with staff, and the environment that had been created for her, allowed her to navigate this successfully. It was a pleasure for us to see Beth transform from a confused and guarded young girl to a confident and happy teenager.
When it came time for Beth to leave our care, we worked to find the best possible option for her future. With our support, Beth’s mother was able to relocate so that Beth could return to live with her.
Beth is now happy and settled with her mother and in her new community. She is attending school full time, has made many friends, and is enjoying new hobbies. Most importantly, she has learnt to be a child once again, and is able to look to her future with positivity and confidence.
It was a pleasure for our staff to see Beth transform from a confused and guarded young girl to a confident and happy teenager.