Louise Bazalgette gives practitioners tips on using an approach that focuses on achieving a young person’s goals
We started using solution-focused practice in our Face to Face service in 2011. The service worked with children in care or on the edge of care who had poor emotional wellbeing. It helped them identify what changes they could make to improve their life using a solution-focused approach. The service was led by each child or young person - they set their own targets and decided on the timing and location of the sessions.
The NSPCC has a strategy of developing and delivering services to learn about what works to protect children from harm or to help them to recover. The Face to Face service has now finished, and we published its evaluation in 2015.
The evaluation showed promising evidence that a solution-focused approach can be beneficial to children in care, or on the edge of care, who are experiencing problems in their lives. It also showed that this service was successful in involving and engaging children who had a problem in their life they wanted help with.
We’ve picked 10 top tips to share, about how to use solution-focused practice successfully with children and young people. These tips were developed with input from our children’s services practitioners and feedback from the children and young people they worked with.