What is the purpose of therapy?
What happens in the therapy room?
How long does a therapy session take?
Is there support for parents/carers?
Should I not be able to help my child myself, as their parent?
Why is the therapist not telling me what my child has been doing?
How can I best support my child through therapy?
I don't think my child needs therapy.
Parents do not always have the right to deny a child therapy, where there is evidence that the child has significant need for therapeutic intervention. Please talk through your concerns with us and we may be able to put your mind at rest. It is in the child's best interests for us to work together and we would hope to help parents understand the benefits of therapy so that they are able to support the process.
Do the therapists receive supervision?
Therapists receive supervision each month from highly experienced and qualified arts therapists and/or consultant child psychotherapists during which they will discuss the content of the therapy. ‘About Children Ltd’ also receive quarterly consultation from a specialist therapist, internationally recognized as an expert in the field of childhood trauma.
Do you keep records?
Brief notes are recorded about the process of therapy that your child has access to if they wish. Permission may be sought to use some of your child’s artwork for training purposes but this will only be done after written consent has been obtained from your child. All records are kept on the computer and are password protected. We are registered under the Data Protection Act. All paper records are kept in a locked cabinet. Anything your child creates within a session will be kept safe by the therapist at About Children for the duration of the therapeutic process. Artwork is kept for three years (in case the child returns) and then disposed of.
Is there a complaints procedure?
About Children has a complaints procedure policy, available on request.