The Compass PSB Stepping Forward Programme runs through all of the Compass Community services:
We now have trained foster carers to look after children with PSB either as a ‘step down’ from a residential therapeutic community or as a direct family placement.
We can provide evaluations, assessments, interventions and ongoing support for children with PSB, that are not placed with us.
We currently have 3 Therapeutic Residential homes across the country (2 in the North and 1 in the South) able to provide placements for 17 children with PSB.
We have our own education provision for children within our PSB Therapeutic Residential homes. The school is registered as Compass Community School.
About our specialist team
Our PSB programmes are run in partnership with New Ways Safeguarding, whose assessment and intervention with young people is underpinned by the most recent research in the field as well as extensive clinical practice.
New Ways Safeguarding was established by the leading international forensic psychologist Dr Joe Sullivan and has a long history of providing a range of services to young people, their families and multi-agency partners where PSB is a concern. 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.
The programmes address a range of relevant issues for young people displaying PSB but also allows for unique factors. This ensures that input is truly tailored to individual needs. The presenting behaviours may be varied, for example, problematic internet usage, placing themselves in risky sexual situations, continual sexualised talk & preoccupation, and persistent contact & sexual harm towards children/peers and/or adults. However, though outwardly sexual, such behaviours are likely to be meeting a range of functions for the young person, often non sexual.
Intervention is essential to help them to meet these needs in a different and positive way and learn new skills for self-management.