Horizons understand the importance of providing successful placements for looked after children and a cost effective solution to local authorities.
Horizons ethos and practice is underpinned by a grounding in social pedagogy. Social pedagogy exists in many countries around the world. Although social pedagogy varies from one country to the next, there are similar roots that have developed into differing strands of contemporary thinking in social pedagogy. Horizons believe firmly in the application of the ‘Head, Heart & Hands’ model.
The care provided by Horizons is based on use of the practical aspects of Attachment Theory. We are particularly influenced by the work of Dan Hughes and his framework of P.A.C.E. - Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy.
Playfulness - We try our best to be fun and see the lighter side to things and events. Being playful allows the young person to put aside their serious issues of life for a few moments. It also allows the chance for a young person to have a childhood - too many young people miss out on a childhood because of their behavioural issues and challenges.
Acceptance - We recognise that just because a young person enters our home, it does not mean that they magically put aside their challenging behaviours and conform to our rules and wishes. There will be a considerable period of time where need to accept the young person and their current behaviours. Only after we have made an attachment with them can we hope to calm their minds and influence their behaviours.
Curiosity - We look to be mind minded - i.e. ensuring that the young people recognise that we think of them even when they are elsewhere - that they are in our minds at all times. That we care for them, want to know them - that they recognise that we think that they are WORTH knowing!
Empathy - We aim to be empathic towards our young people and understand their thoughts and behaviours. We also ensure that as we work with our young people that they recognise that we are human with thoughts and emotions of our own, that we would like to be considered by them.
We understand that many young people who display challenging behaviour have had trauma at some point in their life - and this can manifest itself in developmental delay. This developmental delay may mean that although the young person may physically be the birth age of a 14 or 15 year old, their ability to contain and deal with their emotions may be more in line with a much younger child. By recognising this and working towards appropriate care plans / outcomes designed to meet both the age and stage of development of the young person, we are able to maximise potential for success.
Behaviour is a form of communication, it’s our job as practitioners to find ways to listen!
Horizons have successfully developed service provision to a sustained high standard. This can be evidenced within our Care Inspectorate Reports.
The continued commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism from our House Teams have led to many successful outcomes for our young people and their families both past and present.
Our thanks and recognition go to the professionals that we are currently engaged with and those that we’ve had the opportunity to work with since opening. We have and will continue to strive to ensure that our service provision exceeds their expectations and remains dynamic to meet the needs of the young people we care for.
Horizons Residential Care Ltd
28 Drum Brae South
0131 283 9874