The approach to discipline and control is underpinned by Acorn Lodge’s fundamental belief in the equal value and right of all people.Young people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, even when the need arises to be supported with regulating and controlling their emotions or receive a consequence for behaviours which they have chosen to partake in which have a negative result. This reinforces that everyone within Acorn Homes has the right to feel safe at all times.
Each young person will have a comprehensive completed Behaviour Risk Plan that is reviewed regularly and this will demonstrate to all, how negative behaviour will be managed appropriately, thus hoping a reduction in such behaviours. The Behaviour Risk Plan runs in conjunction with an in-depth risk assessment which will demonstrate the potential for harm if such behaviours are not managed accordingly.
Consequences will be discussed with the young person, and they will be asked to make comments in relation to the consequence they have received. It is important to note that at Acorn Homes, we are firm believers in praise and consequences for positive behaviours will outweigh consequences for negative behaviours. The theory behind this is that if a young person constantly receives praise and reward for positive behaviour this builds their self esteem and lead to a reduction of negative behaviour.
Staff members are required to attend Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) training course every 12 months, with a refresher course taking place in between, which involves the use of two person restraints and breakaway techniques. Physical Intervention would only be used as a last resort where it is necessary to keep a young person safe from harm; harming another young person; staff member, or causing extensive damage. All incidents involving restraint are fully recorded as required by the Children’s Homes Regulations 2001. Once all the paper work is completed surrounding the incident with the help of the young person, help and support is given to repair any relationships that may have been broken.
All staff at Acorn Homes have been trained in Management of Actual or Potential Aggression.
The 10 point check list for offences in the home is used before resorting to police intervention.