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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Services for Looked After and Adopted Children

Children and young people who are 'looked after' or adopted are much more likely to have poor mental health and can need specialist and longer-term therapy to help them come to terms with their experiences of dislocation and emotional trauma. Sometimes support is more effective when it is provided to foster carers and adoptive parents who use this to build stronger attachment with the children they are looking after, and reduce the chance of the placement coming to an unplanned end.

Solar will provide psychological support for children and young people who are 'looked after' or adopted with the goal of reducing placement disruption and breakdown. Solar provides assessments of children coming into care to identify the level of psychological and emotional need, and supports care planning within a multi-agency context. Where required Solar works more intensively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to support therapeutic parenting, working with foster carers to deliver individualized therapeutic intervention plans.

Solare works closely with Children’s Social Work Services and families and carers, providing consultations, jointly identifying priorities, supporting care planning, preparing summary reports for Court and contributing to the training of social care staff and carers.

The Service undertakes direct work with children, young people and their families, carers and networks, providing therapeutic interventions for traumatised children and those caring for them, and support around attachment and behaviours.

The Service works proactively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to inform placement decision-making and permanency planning for individual children and young people.
The psychological wellbeing and adaptive functioning of the child or young person is measured  using psychometric measures such as:

  • The Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL)
  • Adaptive Behaviour Assessment Scale (ABAS-II)
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
  • Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC)
  • Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC)
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  • Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS), which is a numeric scale used to rate the general functioning of children and young people.
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