Embark on our SEED Model
Progression through our person centered journey
The journey starts here
Within residential children’s homes, we identified there is a critical need for a progressive, person centered approach that help develop any child no matter where they are in their own journey, so we developed the SEED model. Too often, care leavers enter adulthood lacking qualifications, life skills, and support systems. This tragically manifests into issues like returning to care, homelessness, commiting crimes and even suicide attempts after aging out of care.
At Bluestones Medical Complex Care we have developed our SEED model to address these failures through personalised attention and nurturing young people’s foundations. It is extremely important to acknowledge that each child follows their own tailored journey. We therefore build collaborative care teams that can support in different ways and help develop children in areas that will benefit them when they reach adulthood. Our SEED model has been developed to ensure their is a clear progression and care plan at whatever stage a young person is at in their own journey.
Stability and Safety are foundational pillars of any effective care model. Ensuring a stable and safe environment promotes overall well-being and enables our individuals to believe they can thrive.
Empower and Enrich form another integral part of the care model, focusing on promoting individual empowerment and holistic enrichment. Empowerment entails recognising and respecting the autonomy, boundaries and beliefs of those receiving our care.
Educate and Enhance are essential components of the SEED care model, focusing on continuous learning, skill development, and overall enhancement of individuals’ knowledge and abilities.
Develop and Discharge represent the concluding stage in the SEED care model, focusing on the final stages of the development of individuals under our care and their eventual transition or discharge from the care setting.
S - Stability and Safety
Each individual in our care may have been through traumatic experiences and entering into a new environment is going to be scary and unsettling so we create physical and emotional safety for those in our houses, offering a sense of security and trust. Implementing robust safety protocols and risk management strategies is essential to preventing accidents and ensuring individuals’ physical and emotional well-being.
Additionally, fostering stability in daily routines, consistent communication, and reliable support systems helps establish a predictable and secure environment. The SEED care model lays a solid foundation for promoting optimal growth, development, and quality of life by prioritising Stability and Safety.
E - Empower and Enrich
As part of personal development we actively involve our young people in decision-making processes, promoting self-determination and supporting their independence. Enrichment goes beyond meeting basic needs and aims to enhance the overall quality of life. This includes providing opportunities for personal growth, intellectual stimulation, creativity, and social connection. The SEED care model aims to nurture individuals’ self-esteem, sense of purpose, and overall well-being, allowing them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives and start to discover what they are passionate about and find their voice.
E - Educate and Enhance
Education plays a vital role into setting a young person for adulthood and independence from by helping gain academic qualifications and also enhancing their knowledge of life skills. In providing the tools and access to educational programs, workshops, and materials tailored to their specific needs and interests, they start to build a skill set and knowledge that will help provide for themselves outside of care.
The SEED care model also aims to enhance individuals’ existing skills and abilities, encouraging personal and professional growth. This can be achieved through training programs, mentorship, and opportunities for skill-building, ultimately fostering giving independence and self-confidence.
D - Develop and Discharge
Our Develop to independence stage is over six months, and our Discharge phase is over an additional six months. Development involves implementing personalised plans to support the growth and progress of individuals to some form of independence – whether semi-independent or fully independent. This includes setting goals, providing appropriate interventions, and monitoring their ability to progress to independence over a period of time.
The aim is to enable individuals to reach their full potential and maximise their independence. As individuals make significant advancements and achieve their independence goals, the SEED care model shifts its focus towards preparing them for discharge or transition to a less intensive reliance on care. This involves assessing their readiness, providing necessary resources and support, and facilitating a smooth transition to discharge the individual in our care.
Discover our SEED pathway through Marvin’s journey
Care leaver statistics
Only 54% of care leavers achieve a level 2 qualification by the age of 19.
£60 per month
The average care leaver receives £60 per week in leaving care support.
1 in 7
Around 1 in 7 care leavers will return to the care system within two years of leaving care.
The number of care leavers who return to the care system within the first month of turning 18 is difficult to estimate. However, they do suggest that a significant number of care leavers return to the care system within the first month of turning 18.
One study, which was conducted by the University of Bristol, found that 15% of care leavers who turned 18 in 2020 returned to the care system within the first month. The study also found that the risk of returning to care was higher for care leavers who had experienced multiple placements in care, who had mental health problems, or who had been involved in the criminal justice system.
Another study, which was conducted by the University of York, found that 12% of care leavers who turned 18 in 2020 returned to the care system within the first month. The study also found that the risk of returning to care was higher for care leavers who were from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, who had been in care for a longer period of time, or who had experienced abuse or neglect in their childhood.
At Bluestones Medical Complex Care, our young people are not another statistic and we do not group them. The SEED model is in place to counteract these statistics and figures and when treating each person as a individual and showing empathy and compassion combined with letting them find their voice and make informed choices, they will start to flourish.
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Education and life skills for our young people
The Greenhouse provides a range of suitable online learning resources and opportunities for the people we work with and the young people in our care. We want to enable personal development at a pace that’s tailored for individual ability levels and mirrors the national curriculum in England and Wales.