We work collaboratively with a number of agencies, organisations and local councils to support and care for young people.
In the words of our partners…..
SDA are a very organised company. I have found their properties to be of a high standard and quality. The staff are very professional and skilled in the work they carry out.
Children's Placement Manager, Commissioning Team
We have to commend the 2 SDA workers who were absolutely excellent in their ability to get our young person out of his room after he refused to leave, a process which took the best part of 2 hours. SDA supported him with care and sensitivity and we would like to thank SDA for managing a very stressful situation and for also calling the carers this morning and checking on their welfare as well as the young person’s
Office Manager, Fostering Agency
My colleague and I agreed that you came across as a very conscientious provider who has the young people’s best interests at heart.
Quality Improvement Officer, Commissioning Quality & Practice Team
'I first came across SDA Care when I attended a LAC review of a Looked After Child in Lambeth Social Care. The young person was very vulnerable and chaotic. This is a young man that Self harms, is a suicide risk, has numerous instance of going missing, had an ad hoc relationship with his father, did not engage with professionals and was out of education for a significant period.
He was placed at SDA care after a traumatic night of self-harm and admission to a secure hospital bed.
The first surprise was that the young person actually attended the LAC review with his keyworker from SDA Care. He felt supported enough to express his views to the meeting. The keyworker treated him with respect and showed how valued he was, whilst at the same time professionally addressing the meeting with quality balanced updates regarding the young person. I was impressed by how the key worker used Modelling to raise the young person’s self-esteem and aspirations. The key worker also demonstrated that he had high expectations of the young person’s ability and put no barriers on his potential. With such support the young person was calm articulate and clear about his plans for the future and his expectations of professionals.
This young man has settled at the placement, attends an education programme identified by SDA Care and has no instances of going missing. He is engaging in therapy and engages well with all professionals.
I was interested to know if this was the approach of a single worker or the overall organisational approach.
I arranged to meet with the Director Kwasi Ofori to view the accommodation and meet the employees.
The accommodation was excellent. It reflected the principal of valuing young people that is evident in their practice.
The values of the keyworker permeated throughout the organisation reinforced by Kwasi’s strong leadership and professionalism. The leadership exudes quality services and care for young people. I met other young people who lived at the accommodation and the presentation was similar in terms of being valued respected and having a voice.
I met with staff that were experienced, qualified and committed to young people.
My ongoing experience of working with SDA Care. Is that they provide regular quality reports to update on young people’s progress…. and young people do progress. They are flexible and accessible at all times according to the needs of young people. They don’t cherry pick young people to work with. SDA Care is inclusive and holistic according to the Signs of Safety approach.
They are an exemplary partner agency to work with as they contribute to LAC reviews, Safeguarding/Safety planning and other professional meetings to ensure effective planning as part of the team around young people. They ensure the young person’s voice is heard.
SDA Care has a strong focus on education and development of young people, be that academic attainment or broader education to ignite the interest of the hardest to reach young person. Where young people are not placed at SDA Care we have still found it useful to refer young people to their educational programme.
They are skilled in working with young people with complex needs and have a realistic approach to managing risk that involves openness with young people about the concerns of professionals who care for them. SDA Care utilise understanding and tenacity, Relationship Building with young people that engenders trust to then change behaviour.'
Team Manager, Looked After Care