New Ways Safeguarding: Nuture First

Compass have Specialist Foster Carers across England and Wales

Compass have Specialist Foster Carers across England and Wales: New Ways Safeguarding: Nuture First

What is Moving Forward?

A therapeutic service developed for children who are Overcoming Childhood Trauma (OCT)

Childhood trauma constitutes experiences which can overwhelm a young person’s self-regulation, threaten their well-being and indicate that the world is unpredictable, dangerous and uncontrollable (Melville, 2017). A vast range of experiences fall under the category of traumatic or adverse; including physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, household mental illness, household substance abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and displacement (Hughes et al., 2017). Early intervention with young people who have had such experiences shows promising outcomes, as young people may learn that previous adverse experiences do not define them; they are just one part of their story.


The Nurture First intervention programme aims to enhance young people’s self-identity and self-esteem. It lays the foundations for growth and resilience to help young people move forward optimally. The therapeutic intervention comprises 60 sessions, divided into five modules:

  • My Trauma Narrative
  • Understanding Me
  • Relationships and Me
  • Who am I?
  • Developing New Ways

Compass Community is working in partnership with New Ways Safeguarding to deliver therapeutic intervention and three new types of specialist therapeutic care services.

The New Ways Safeguarding service was established by the leading international forensic psychologist Dr Joe Sullivan to deliver swift responses where children have been exposed to trauma, where sexual boundaries have been breached, when families need support and when professionals seek expertise.

Their work with young people has been in both residential and non-residential settings and has included working extensively with carers, residential teams, families and multi-agency professionals.

Intervention is essential to help them to meet these needs in a different and positive way and learn new skills for self-management.

As well as the expertise of New Ways Safeguarding, we have a team of Programme Psychologists associated with our PSB Children’s Homes.

We have also introduced Community Psychologists to carry out any assessment and intervention work with children who are not currently in our care.