and Pathway to independence LTD have collaborated to provide a new innovative
project which is based in Jamaica. This
initiative has been developed as a response to a number of inquiries received
over the past year requesting information, advice and services pertaining to
Education, family support and behavior management.
Sanctuary provides residential programmes in the following areas:
1. Private Fostering/
2. Family intervention
Programme 3. Behavior modification
Private Fostering/ Education Over
the past year ICAS have received a number of inquiries via the website from
parents who wish to have their children educated in Jamaica as the educational
system is of a higher standard and the values of discipline and control differ
from that of the UK. The only facility available at present is that of a
traditional boarding school or with family members who have little or no
experience of life in the UK and subsequently find it difficult to support the
child through this transition of change. Consequently children in this
situation may experience loneliness, a sense of abandonment and difficulties
conforming to a new way of life.
What makes the sanctuary different? 1.
The Sanctuary provides a nurturing homely environment. 2.
We have a strong, supportive staff group
who are trained in a number of disciplines and are equipped to respond to the
challenges which inevitably come with change.
The Sanctuary provides the natural separation between home and school
Transport to and from school is provided 5.
We have established links with various educational facilities which afford
parents an element of choice.
Isolation is alleviated by the fact that the child is not alone, they share a
common experience with other children from the UK.
The Sanctuary recognize the value and importance of maintaining a high level of
contact between the child and the parents, in implementing this we ensure that
weekly communication is maintained through various mediums such as telephone,
SKYPE and emails.
Parents are encouraged to visit the children in school holidays; this will
provide the opportunity to review their educational progress. In the best
interest of the child it is important that visits are planned and do not take
place during the school term as this may disrupt the child’s routine.
How do I refer to this service? The
service can be requested by a parent, guardian or professional working with the
family. Initial inquiries can be made via the website www.icas-services.org or telephone
contact to Pathway to Independence tel: 07939927632.
Referral forms are
provided upon request.
this is an educational programme referrals are considered 3-6 months prior to
the term beginning. This timeframe will enable all of the necessary information
to be gathered relating to the child’s current and previous educational
attainment and identifying any additional support needs that they may have which would be required when approaching
schools. This process is aimed at facilitating a smooth transition at the
beginning of a new academic term or year.
What is the cost for this service? The
cost for the service will vary in cases as this will include school fees,
educational materials, uniforms, school medicals, enrolment fees, transport and
board and lodgings.
Family Intervention Programme Being
a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, one which brings many
challenges along with it, you are not trained to be a parent it just
are now living in a very multicultural society which brings with it a wealth of
cultural values, religions and customs. Parenting styles have been passed down
through the generations and children are being brought up with some overlap of
intergenerational parenting traditions.
Family Intervention Programme works from the baseline of empowerment; we
support parents in identifying their strengths and transferring these into
strategies to better manage their day to day situation. We aim to meet the
needs of children and young people whose behavioral, psychological, and family
problems prevent them from living at home, or in large residential units. These
problems are generally associated with various types of risky behavior (e.g. self
harm, aggression, sexual misconduct, substance misuse and persistent offending
behavior) that cannot be tolerated or managed in other settings.
organization we are committed to providing high quality residential care within
the safety of the Sanctuary aimed at reintegrating the young person back into
their families and communities at the end of the programme.
Sanctuary acts as a safety net for the young person, an environment where they
are taught lessons in life and living based upon better equipping them to make
informed decisions regarding their future.
programme has been developed in response to inquiries received via the website
related to parents experiencing difficulties managing their child’s challenging
behavior. Many of the inquiries have identified a desire to send their children
home to the Caribbean to be looked after by family members or friends as they
believe that this experience will make a difference to their lives and future.
Case study Karen
Jenkins is a single mother caring for 3 children aged 7, 14 and 17 years. For
the past 3 years Karen has been experiencing difficulties with her 14 year old
daughter Natalie, the behavior has now become unmanageable. Natalie is now
involved in crime, she has anger management problems, she is out of control,
does what she wants when she wants, does not listen to her mother, is highly
disrespectful, spends days at a time out of the home and has been excluded from
school so is registered with a PRU but rarely attends.
The families have an allocated social worker
who has made referrals to CAHMS and other agencies but Natalie fails to engage,
Natalie is also connected to the YOT due to her offending behavior. Karen contacted ICAS stating that she wanted
to send Natalie over to Jamaica to stay with her relatives as she was at the
end of her tether and didn’t know what else to do, she feared for her daughter’s
safety as she was spending increasing time out of the home and her whereabouts
could not be accounted for. Karen had directed her concerns to SSD asking for
help for Natalie to be accommodated but felt that her cry for help was not
being listened to.
What can the Family Intervention
Programme offer this family? The
ethos of the Children’s Act 1989/2004 is embedded in the work of the Sanctuary;
we believe that children are best cared for within birth families and
communities, and that this needs to be encouraged by the provision of
culturally sensitive and holistic services to address the identified needs.
Family intervention programme involves the whole family as opposed to focusing
upon the identified child as the problem within the family.
We provide a 24
week programme of intensive assessment, support and intervention, the progamme
is broken down as follows:
provides a 6 week programme of intensive
assessment and support for the whole family, this will include undertaking risk
assessments to ensure that the programme is suitable for the young person. As
an organization we pay heed to systemic theories, including Family Systems
theory. Systemic approaches help us identify how the family relates to external
systems (e.g. CAHMS) how the young person relates to his/ her family, and how
the various systems influence one another. This is the foundation stage, aimed
at gaining further insight of the problems within the family, exploring family
dynamics, bringing the family together to talk through the difficulties and
begin to draw up a plan of support and intervention. This is an important part
of the process as the young person needs to feel safe and motivated enough to
move onto phase 2 of the programme with the support of the family.
Phase 2 of this programme will take place in
the Sanctuary residential unit which is based in St Ann Jamaica. The unit is situated in a tranquil
residential area; this environment will be conducive to the therapeutic
programme of positive change as the ambiance will allow staff and young people
to focus on the issues which were identified in phase 1.
acknowledging the risk factors associated to this client group we have ensured
that appropriate safety measures are in place within the unit to safeguard the
young person will engage in a structured 12 week therapeutic programme which is
aimed at addressing the following areas:
Build self esteem
Discover self- reliance
Help set personal goals/ cycle for change
Learn new skills
Improve numeracy/ literacy skills
Reward and reinforce positive behavior
Broaden their awareness and perspective
- Explore the positives and negatives of peer pressure
- Develop personal and
Develop positive attitudes
Address health and fitness
Training and moral reasoning
· - Responsibility and accountability
Anger management -
Relaxation techniques -
Forming healthy relationship -
Improve Communication skills
How will you deliver the
The programme will be delivered on a 1 to 1 basis group work,
outward bound activities, reflective diaries and experiential learning which
will include exposure to new cultural and educational activities involving
integrating with young people from the community and surrounding areas.
What is the makeup of the staff
have a multidisciplinary staff team consisting of Social workers, mentors,
psychotherapist, counselors, teachers, house keeper, handy person, security
officers and driver.
What systems are in place to
facilitate communication and connection with the family and referring officer? The
young person will be encouraged to maintain regular contact with their family
through emails, SKYPE, and telephone. In addition the allocated key worker will
provide the referring officer with weekly written reports on the young person’s
progress; these will be submitted via email.
How are Child Protection concerns
Sanctuary has clear Child Protection Procedures which are followed in the event
of any allegations or concerns which may arise. We will advise the referring
officer of all CP incidents immediately, and where necessary refer onto the CDA
for further investigation.
What is deemed as a suitable
· Young people displaying challenging behavior within the
Young people excluded from school
Young people with unresolved anger management issues
Young people who have had multiple placement breakdowns
Young people with poor self esteem and lack of direction
· Persistent young offenders
· Teen parent
Young people exhibiting anti social behavior
Please note that all young people referred to the Sanctuary
undergo an initial induction and thorough assessment to ensure that they are
suitable for phase 2 of the programme.
What are the benefits of
this programme for society at large? The client group that we have identified is currently responsible
for utilizing a large amount of public expenditure and many would have
exhausted more localized service provision. The Sanctuary is a new and
innovative programme which provides a multi serviced and cost effective
approach to addressing challenges aimed at making a difference to the young
person, the family and inevitably the community that they will be returning to.
Phase 3 is the final part of the programme providing 6 weeks
of intervention and support in the UK by Pathway to independence staff aimed at
reintegrating the young person back into the family and community. In some
cases the reintegration back into the family unit may not be appropriate and
alternative support services will be explored.