What is a ‘Practice Framework’?
A practice framework firstly outlines the practice undertakings that underlie the approach to working with the children and young people in Guardian Youth Care’s programs. Through these undertakings, a moral authority is subsequently established, as is clear guidance and expected practice.
Practice – the principles, commitments, relationships, approaches and techniques used at the system and case worker / youth worker level to enable families (including children, young people, and adults) to achieve the goals of safety, stability, well-being and better futures.
Framework – a structure to hold together or support something; an underlying set of ideas, principles, agreements and indeed rules that provides the basis and outline for something (in this case ‘practice’) intended to be continuously developed and improved over time.
What does the Guardian Practice Framework Provide?
The Practice Framework provides the program with:
- A basis of understanding for explaining the cognitions, behaviours and challenges exhibited by the children and young people residing and receiving support from Guardian Youth Care;
- A focus for support on understanding the children and young people, their developmental experience, and behaviour to ensure our practice addresses needs rather than only managing and containing behaviour;
- A common structure resulting in cohesive teamwork and a unified approach to understanding the needs of children and young people residing and receiving support from Guardian Youth Care;
- A guide for staff to become and remain aware of a range of interventions and strategies that can be developed and implemented to support the children and young people to remain ‘client-focused’;
- A foundation for the service (as a whole) to operate and practice in accord with identified expectations and congruence;
- A guide for decision-making resulting in planned consistent and coherent actions that reflect the service’s defined scope, underpinning organisational (Guardian Youth Care) values, intent and vision
Practice Ideals – Foundations For Practice
Guardian Youth Care is developing a ‘Framework for Practice’ that is founded upon the organisation’s values and a strong evidence base.
This evidence includes authentic person-centredness and contemporary theoretical models (neurodevelopmental/attachment, strengths-based theories, person-centred active support and positive behaviour support).
The framework is heavily influenced by these key evidence-based approaches that also emphasise the importance of creating cultures and contexts to enable the enhancement of key relational strengths, resilience and self-identity.
In particular the Practice Framework acknowledges the importance of practice ‘congruence’ across all levels of the organisation. Congruence between values, principles and action. A set of foundations derived from the contemporary approaches and evidence are used to shape and guide our thinking and plans for practice.
Guardian Youth Care is developing a ‘Framework for Practice’ that is founded upon the organisations’ values and a strong evidence base. The framework is heavily influenced by these key evidence-based approaches that also emphasise the importance of creating cultures and contexts to enable the enhancement of key strengths, resilience and self-identity. In particular the Practice Framework acknowledges the importance of practice ‘congruence’ across all levels of the service.
A set of 5 foundations derived from the contemporary approaches and evidence are used to shape and guide our thinking and plans for practice.
These foundations are directly derived from contemporary moral human service, research and evidence-based approaches, while also reflecting the specific and unique characteristics that also distinctively shape and perhaps help define nature, philosophy and spirit of Guardian Youth Care.
These 5 foundations are:
- Organisational Culture and Congruence between Values and Action
- Safety and Well-being
- Authentic Person Centeredness
- Contemporary evidence-based clinically-informed approaches
- Valuing People, Positive relational engagement and supported empowerment
Building Key Developmental Strengths
This refers to placing specific focus on key interpersonal capabilities (as of [at least] equal importance to core independent living skills) that enable and empower an individual to live and engage with others in mutually beneficial ways
- Self-regulation (identification Modulation and Expression)
- Affiliation (Interpersonal Connections)
- Autonomy (Empowerment and Independence)
Empowerment and Relational Reciprocity
Strength-based (resilience building) approaches define issues experienced by people in terms of their strengths and developmental needs. Various strength-based interventions can be used as the basis of support and growth. A simple framework to shape care contexts and communication can be used to underpin practice in this regard:
- Affiliation: How can I assist in the development of attachments / networks for the child or young person in their community / family etc?
- Competence / Capability: How can I support the child or young person to develop the skills necessary to achieve / master the goal?
- Empowerment / Independence: Do the goals we are setting facilitate the development / maximising of the child or young person’s empowerment and interdependence leading in time to independence?
- Attunement and Generosity of Spirit: Are the goals assisting the child or young person to develop insight into the feelings of others, or engaged them in a productive role in their family, community etc?
Core Theories, Frameworks & Knowledge Base:
|Theory / Framework:
||Neurological Impact of Trauma
||Core Strengths Theory
||Positive Behaviour Support
||Attachment, Regulation, Competency Framework (ARC)
||Risk Management and Offending Behaviour
||Trauma Informed Practice
||Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Please note that the overview provided is under constant review and development.