Moore House Care and Education is an independent organisation in Scotland that specialises in the provision of high quality child care and education services for young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years who have additional support needs because of the social, emotional and behavioural challenges they face.
The Psychological Services and Intervention (PSI) team have been using the Rickter Scale® since 2005 to support and motivate young people to make positive lifestyle changes and to measure outcomes following periods of intervention.
Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) was introduced by the Scottish Government following a review of the Children’s Hearings System in 2004. This national policy and programme requires all agencies in touch with children and young people to play their part in making sure they are healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included and, above all, safe. Working together with families and local authorities, Moore House are using the Rickter Scale® to help practitioners focus on what makes a positive difference for young people, and how they can act to deliver these improvements. Supporting a positive shift in culture, systems and practice across the organisation, the Rickter Scale® has become central to the driving and evidencing outcomes of care and education planning. Regular reviews of Child Plan progress is promoting a shared approach and accountability that builds solutions with and around young people and families. The Rickter Scale® allows us to clearly evidence the positive outcomes that we achieve during a young person’s placement at Moore House.
Having noted the potential benefits for using Rickter Scale® with staff, Lead Practitioners within Moore House are now using the tool to support new staff through their initial induction period and as an aid to ongoing support and supervision.
PSI are now providing psychological assessment, intervention and consultation to external local authority child care agencies and foster families. For more information see our website; www.moorehouse.org.uk or contact Stephen Drysdale (PSI Manager) on 01506 652 312.