Professional Services

The Professional Services Team provide a range of assessments and interventions for young people and their families targeting the reasons for admission, or emergent problems:-


All our Professional Services staff are Social Work, Psychology or Nursing qualified and undertake a range of graduated welfare need, offending risk and physical and mental health assessments. Assessments are achieved via a process of engagement, goal setting and action planning guided by structured assessment tooling and integrated assessment formats.
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A dynamic series of interventions can be delivered by Professional Services staff to address the reasons for admission to secure care. We recognise that young people are part of wider socio-ecological systems and Interventions are frequently delivered collaboratively with internal or external professionals and family members.

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The Professional Services Team consists of three Professional Service Development Officers (PSDO’s) and one PSDO (Nurse Practitioner) PSDO staff consist of managers and practitioners professionally qualified at Masters or Degree level in Social Work, Nursing, and Psychology and have post graduate qualifications in Mental Health and Practice Education.

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The team provide the following framework of assessments and interventions:
  • PSDO approach is founded on an evidence and transformational relationship based approach that young people with diverse problem behaviours present with strengths and rights as well as needs, risks and responsivity issues;
  • Models of practice draw on prosocial modelling, desistance theories, (What Works? and Human and Social Capital), cognitive and behavioural theories, child development, attachment theory, resilience theory, sexualised behaviour theories and understanding of the impact of cumulative trauma;
  • PSDO staff are trained in and utilise a range of graduated, structured assessment tooling to capture complex needs and risk. Appropriate focus is maintained on young people’s potential as well as their presenting problems;
  • PSDO staff can provide Mental Health screening, referral and collaborative working with a range of Mental Health professionals to improve outcomes for young people who present with eating, self harm, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders. The team frequently works with young people who require mental health interventions at tier 1 - 3. (Framework for Promotion Prevention and Care, 2005);
  • Stage of change assessments and motivational/engagement work for young people who have proved resistant/ambivalent to community based interventions;
  • Evidence based and manualised interventions drawing on cognitive behavioural theories to address social and problem solving skills, cognitive skills training, emotion and anger management, substance use, high risk offender programmes with links to young people risk management and MAPPA processes;
  • Psychotherapuetic modules and Personal and Social Education specific to health and well being delivered in collaboration with health and education colleagues and linked to Curriculum for Excellence;
  • Development of trauma informed care including adaptation and evaluation of Trauma Recovery Programme;
  • A commitment to monitoring and evaluating outcomes, with linkages to GIRFEC Well Being indicators and single outcome agreements;
  • Ongoing collaborative quantitative and qualitative research, linkages to Child protection and youth justice partnerships, associate teaching to universities and student placement opportunities.
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