History of Ferndearle
Ferndearle Child Care Services is a small Therapeutic Community in Folkestone, Kent which was established in 2001 by three Owner/Directors all of whom have qualifications in Therapeutic Child Care based on Psychodynamic Theory and Practice. The founding directors continue to be heavily involved in the Therapeutic Community, striving for ever-improving services for children and young people from traumatic backgrounds. Our services were established and designed for the specific purpose of catering for young people with very complex needs that are derivative of trauma from early years. They have thus been designed in the context of catering for these extreme complexities.
The directors have long been involved in key sector quality improvement networks that champion research and the development of therapeutic practice. Ferndearle were originally members of the old Charterhouse Group (ChG) established in 1989, who, as a means of evidencing practice, pioneered the development of Therapeutic Community Service Standards for the care and education of children and young people. The criteria for membership of ChG was that Ferndearle’s practice must adhere to ChG Therapeutic Standards which means that we have a long established history of therapeutic practice. Around 2007, ChG evolved into The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities (TCTC) and, prior to this, worked alongside Community of Communities (CofC) to develop an improved set of Therapeutic Service Standards for therapeutic intervention. Ferndearle adopted the first edition of these Standards around 2007 into its practices.
Ferndearle has continued with membership of TCTC and of CofC. The latter network forms part of the Royal College of Psychiatry operating as a quality improvement network for Therapeutic Service Standards. As a network continually striving for quality improvement, CofC have frequently revised the Therapeutic Standards and we are now in our 9th edition. We have remained members of CofC and as such, Ferndearle has successfully striven to implement each of these quality improvement changes into practice.
Vision & Key Endeavours – History/Evolution
From the outset in 2001, the directors had a specific service model with particular features that they were, and continue to be, driven to create, nurture and maintain. These features are represented in the diagram below and further explained in more detail immediately afterwards: