Mark* arrived at Wood Grove following a break down in placement with family members who were looking after him on a kinship order. This was not a planned move for Mark and he was reluctant to return to a residential placement.
Mark had some medical concerns that made him have low self-esteem and little sense of self-worth. This resulted in some challenging behaviours at times, particularly through his struggle to fit in with others his own age. Staff supported him to engage with education, reflect on incidents and identify his emotions. He was also encouraged to engage on the life skills programme at Wood Grove to provide him with tools and knowledge for adult life.
Despite his desire to return home Mark engaged in fun activities and built relationships with the staff and other children.
Mark’s medical issues often held him back from physical challenges and sporting activity. With support from the staff and encouragement from his peers, he became one of the quickest most agile roller skaters at the local rink.
Wood Grove worked to maintain a positive placement for him throughout his time in the home and we are happy to say that he has now returned to his family. A positive outcome for Mark, his family and Wood Grove.
Mark’s social worker said
‘Mark has made positive progress whilst at Wood Grove, he has been able to access his local community and make friends, he has accessed education and he has been supported to attend health appointments.
The home advocated on Mark’s behalf and supported him with making informed decisions.
Mark displays challenging behaviours which have been managed well via positive behaviour plans by Wood Grove, they have provided him with stability.
Wood Grove staff are open and transparent and they will contact me if there are any worries or concerns.
They have been able to support Mark develop his independence, self-care, confidence and self-esteem, and social skills.’
*NB: Name has been changed to protect the young person’s anonymity and a stock image has been used.