Introduction of the University of Edinburgh and Kibble Education and Care Centre
The Scottish arm of the RESME project involves two partners, The University of Edinburgh and Kibble Education and Care Centre, Scotland’s national specialist provider of services for young people. See: http://www.socialwork.ed.ac.uk/ and http://www.kibble.org/ .
In RESME project, the Scottish partners have the main responsible for the designing and coordinating the joint multi-professional educational course.
The interest and benefit of the project for your country
The overarching policy framework for children’s services in Scotland is Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), (2004). The thrust of GIRFEC is to provide adequate levels of support for all children and for considering the needs of children with additional support needs within a universal framework. GIRFEC identifies a number of wellbeing indicators for children, specifying that they ought to be: Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Respected and Responsible and Included. Children and young people with mental health needs can be referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), multidisciplinary teams with expertise in their assessment, care and treatment. Scotland makes only minimal use of in-patient facilities to respond to mental health difficulties. The overall pattern in the use of residential child care is one of significant decline and those children who are placed in residential care often demonstrate pronounced mental health problems. This highlights issues of care staff understanding and managing the behavioural manifestations of these. The RESME project offers an opportunity to consult with key individuals and agencies with a view to developing a practice informed training programme for this relatively small but challenging group of children and young people.
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