Integrated Services for Looked After Children (ISL)
We are a team dedicated to the health, emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of looked after children from 0-18 years of age. Our service is made up of people working together from two different services, which are Worcestershire Children First (WCF) and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust integrated together as one specialist team.
Telephone number: 01905 846 111
Service hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm.
Location: Worcestershire Children First, County Hall, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Team Lead: Lisa Bradshaw 01905 845 710
In most cases we see children and families in their own homes. We also have a therapy base at St Johns Library, Glebe Cl, Worcester WR2 5AX.
We specialise in helping looked after children from 0-18 years of age, who may need help with their health, emotional wellbeing and their mental health, in some cases we may work collaboratively with CAMHS.
If their early conditions are generally safe and healthy, children usually develop a healthy attachment relationship with their parents or carers, sometimes called an ‘secure attachment’. Looked after children often develop ‘insecure attachments’ due to their complex traumatic childhood experiences. This means they might have problems trusting adults and may find it hard to feel safe, happy and healthy.
Trauma and attachment can affect children’s physical health and their mental health. When supporting looked after children, we sometimes also help their foster parents, kinship carers and siblings.
Our team is made up of professionals from different backgrounds including;
- Specialist Looked After Children’s Nurses
- Mental Health Practitioners
- Social Workers
Services we offer:
- Health Assessments, Carer Advice & Support, Consultation, Training, Therapy.
Also linked to our team is The Green Fingers Project who are funded by the Big Lottery and in association with Worcestershire Children First. The project works exclusively with Looked After Children and adopted young people and their carers, helping them through training and activities to improve their health and well-being.
Green Fingers staff include Community Leisure Development Workers, Educational Mentors, Sessional Workers.
How to access the service
To access ISL Health &Wellbeing, referrals can be made by either any Social Worker linked to the child or family, such as Fostering Social Workers, Community Social Workers, LAC Social Workers, by an e-referral on our client information system Liquid Logic. We can also accept some referrals from the CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA), however these must be discussed with a member of our team first on: 01905 846 111.
Useful links and resources
Adoption Central England(ACE) www.aceadoption.com/
ADHD Foundation: www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/information/young-people/
DDP Network https://ddpnetwork.org/ (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) as a treatment for families with adopted or fostered children who had experienced neglect and abuse in their birth families and suffered from significant developmental trauma. For Parents/Carers/Professionals.
Theraplay Institute: Theraplay Institute offers training and Theraplay interventions: https://theraplay.org/
MindEd: is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults: https://www.minded.org.uk/
Non Violent Resistance(NVR) innovative form of systemic family therapy, - Partnership Projects offers services, workshops, training and consultancy in innovative therapies: https://www.partnershipprojectsuk.com/
Mentor link: https://www.mentorlink.org.uk/ Mentor Link is dedicated to supporting vulnerable and distressed children and young people by providing them with a volunteer mentor in schools.
Rees Foundation: https://www.reesfoundation.org/ The Rees Foundation is a registered Charity (1154019) founded by Jan Rees OBE in October 2013 to support care leavers and care experienced individuals and communities across the UK, for as long as there is a need.
Cameron Grant Memorial trust: https://www.camgrant.org.uk/what-we-do/ We go out into communities to raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage everybody, and especially young people, to start conversations more openly about their own mental health. Our aim is to support the prevention of young suicide by helping to improve the visibility of available support services and signpost young people to the resources that could help to save a life.
PAPYRUS HOPELineUK: https://papyrus-uk.org/ HOPELINEUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person
Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide: https://uksobs.org/ For families bereaved by suicide.