Providing therapeutic intervention and support

An integrative therapeutic approach is a key component of the Kites treatment programme. Regular structures of communication including the fortnightly residential safeguarding/case discussion forum ensure that treatment goals are consistent and that strategies developed in treatment to address specific behavioural issues are consolidated in placement.

Forensic treatment methodology underpins thinking and approach in all areas of the Kites organisation (education, therapeutic care and therapy), preventing young people from splitting professionals, and ensuring essential continuity of treatment focus and approach. This is facilitated through the development of the young person’s individual integrative treatment plan.

Integrative Treatment Plans

The Integrative Treatment Plan is a set of strategies/interventions that act as guidance to residential staff, educational staff, family members and other professionals in their interaction with the young person on a day-to-day, and moment-to-moment basis.

The Integrative Treatment Plan addresses key sexual offence risk factors/treatment needs as identified within the initial assessment of risk and need, and subsequent therapy update reports.

The plan is developed in partnership between the treatment team and young person to ensure that the targets set address key treatment factors, and have meaning and relevance to the young person so to facilitate positive motivation to engagement.

The plan offers simple focus on treatment targets that provide the young person with an experience of progress in areas that improve their life and that are relevant to them. Language and terminology within the plan is developed to facilitate a young person’s engagement and understanding.

The Integrative Treatment Plan consists of nine headings which are an amalgam of key factors found within the Good Lives Model (Ward & Stewart, 2003), Desistance for Adolescents who Sexually Harm scale (DASH, Worling, 2013), The Trauma Wheel and the ERASOR risk factors.

The treatment plan provides approach goals to young people to offset identified risk factors so to improve self-efficacy, autonomy and self-agency.

The Integrative Treatment Plan is then reviewed on a six-monthly basis to ensure that it remains targeted to the key factors as they change through the treatment process.

This also allows for pro-active professional response should any key factor be failed to be addressed through the current treatment regime. This helps prevent any lag in treatment, and also ensures individual responsibility to remain on task in addressing key treatment needs.