Our philosophy

The highly experienced staff at Community Solutions, Thorne, pride themselves on offering a highly professional 52-week-a-year residential provision for younger adults and seek to provide a firm foundation for ongoing, positive progress in their lives.

Philosophy imageThe principal aim is for everybody at Community Solutions to be enabled to develop greater independence through their person-centred plans in an environment that offers warmth, security, consistency and understanding. A purposeful and calm atmosphere is encouraged through the professional approach adopted by all staff. Trust and a positive rapport between the people we support and staff underpin the ethos within the service.

All staff attend training in the Hesley Enhancing Lives Programme (HELP), a behaviour support approach based on Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), which is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) and on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). TCI is an internationally recognised crisis prevention and management system that reduces the potential for reliance on high-risk interventions.

TCI recognises that it is the actions and reactions of those around people that strongly shape and influence their behaviour, including their social interactions and emotional responses. Its emphasis is on empathy and proactive support, while physical interventions are very much considered a last resort.

The well-being of the people we support is paramount and through everything we do we seek to ensure that each person’s best interests are met. To keep people safe there are times when the use of physical interventions may be needed. This would be as a last resort to support people in crisis, to reduce both stress and risk and is discontinued as soon as it is safe to do so.

Any potential physical interventions are fully discussed with the person concerned and/or their family and other appropriate representatives - as far as is possible before their application. Physical interventions are delivered in line with PRoACT-SCIP (r) UK guidance and the BILD Code of Practice.
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Both of these approaches can be explored further via the BILD website – www.bild.org.uk.

Positive, non-aversive strategies are used to change or reduce the severity and frequency of behaviour that challenges. All behaviour is seen as satisfying a particular need or function. Observation allows us to understand and identify what can motivate and trigger particular behaviours, including those which may challenge the person themselves, as well as those around them, including peers and family and staff. Individual HELP Profiles use positive, proactive and reactive strategies to develop skills and manage challenging events.

By using positive and non-aversive strategies, new and more adaptive behaviours are reinforced and less adaptive behaviours replaced. No actions that threaten the dignity of an individual are either used or permitted.

at Hesley encompasses a number of key component which all interlink. This framework, with HELP, together represent the essence of what we do. More information on HELPWorks can be found here.