Why is post-programme support lacking?
Support wasn’t always in place for a number of reasons.
Sometimes, social workers closed the child’s case soon after the programme ended, or their own workloads meant they were not in close contact with the young person during the programme. Some referrers reported not being given enough information about the work undertaken in sessions to be able to integrate it into any meetings they had with the young person.
Similarly, there were challenges for parents and carers in giving young people the support they needed.
Some parents and carers needed support themselves as they came to terms with the young person’s HSB, or were in denial about the behaviour. Without work to overcome these attitudes, parents or carers could not support the young person.
Some parents and carers were facing their own health or personal difficulties and simply didn’t have the capacity to support the young person in the required way.
Others needed advice and guidance about how to manage the young person’s behaviour and provide support. But - in a similar scenario reported by referrers – they weren’t given enough information about the work carried out in sessions, or they didn’t understand what the extent of their role should be.