Local Authority and Agency Services

Specialist Support Programmes

Respite Care

Make a difference in the community

SDA Care offers respite care in the form of short-term or long term substitute care for children with significant social emotional challenges and disabilities. 

Our expert staff offer a  personalised care package in partnership with agencies and other professionals to ensure that the care of the client adheres to all core care standards.


Emergency Placement

Helping those in need

From time to time young people are placed in a position of vulnerability where an immediate place of residence is required. SDA Care have the ability to place young people using our "Fast Placement" support plan in one of our 35 locations in the UK.



Connecting with young people

Our OutCare service works with a diverse client group of young people to offer 1-2-1 and group support services to ensure that whilst they are in your care, they can be active and productive citizens within your community. We aim to deliver a personal development programme with ongoing support to up to 20 of your clients at any one time. Within this programme we will offer mentorship to support them with any of their current problems and emotional wellbeing. We will offer practical support, e.g. educational assessments, accompanying them to job centres, legal meetings or mediating with other agencies. Our work is person centred to ensure that our delivery is informed by them, and to understanding why things are potentially not working for them. We will conduct an initial assessment with each client to create a profile that can be benchmarked and evaluated and then create a personal plan based on the outcomes of the assessment.

After the initial assessment is completed, we will try to foster voluntary participation within a number of development areas that may be identified. We will enrol all clients on our princes trust programme and spend the first 16 weeks developing a professional trusting relationship and offering young people an opportunity to achieve a number of initial certifications to include:

•    Radicalisation and Extremism
•    Staying Safe Online
•    Mentoring
•    Sports Leadership
•    Employability
•    Life Skills
•    Creative Media and the Arts
•    Personal Development

Where possible or needed we will work with community groups and the statutory sector, to ensure that our young people gain the necessary knowledge and understanding to improve outcomes for both them as individuals and for you as the client. The majority of the delivery time on this project will be spent delivering one to one support, information and advice around the needs of the target client group. However there will be periodic sessions and group work activities taking place on a scheduled bi-monthly timescale with other sessions flexibly interspersed between to meet needs identified by the client group and staff, e.g. CV workshops, legal rights , skills training, etc. These sessions along with the one to one work will occur when it is most likely to have the widest reach e.g. evening sessions or weekends for those not available or with commitments during the week. There may be variation in the total reach of the project dependant on the uptake of the services offered. We also plan to engage and deliver a service to a significant number of the service users who cannot or do not wish to be helped as cases but wish to access support and activities on a session by session basis. We use a wide variety of local resources and partners to offer regular safe spaces for engagement. 

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Long Term Placement

Change starts here

SDA understands the importance of creating and sustaining a nurturing environment combined with unconditional positive regard, especially in times of crisis.


Our long term placement package offers an environment that contains consistency, stability and structure with clear boundaries. Trust, confidence and self-esteem are built when young people recognise that the adults caring for them are committed and will not let them down.  


Early Intervention

Making the difference

We already use a proactive and inclusive approach with regards to engagement & performance monitoring. The Use of performance indicators allows us to measure the progress of positive contact, service user motivation and the measurement of outcomes such as what the service user learnt from the session and what ideas requests they have for future activities.

By working collaboratively and closely with education providers, local authorities and the local community, we support a multi-agency approach to prevention and intervention. Our youth work principles advocate for multi-agency participation to complete our overarching outcome of increasing the number of opportunities for young people to voluntarily engage in positive decision making and activities.  By sharing best practice and working towards a joint strategic service we aim to support the agencies we are working with to sustain a young person’s desire to aspire and achieve. We will also ensure that this process takes place within an academic and social environment that is safe, free from discrimination, abuse or exploitation.


Early identification and early intervention is the key to promoting positive growth for service users who may present with wide range of social and emotional issues which may then require interventions and support leading to examples such as:


  • Counselling with training practitioners under BACP guidelines

  • Mentoring

  • Improved access to services via  IAG 

  • Consistent communication with Professionals

  • Participation in small groups or individual supports to address specific issues e.g. social skills, bereavement, behaviour or anger management

  • Participation in community activities i.e. work skills, football club, cooking clubs etc                                   



Formal and informal learning

We manage and remove the emotional barriers to engagement by supporting young people to become independent learners who can explore a wide range of academic, vocational and social experiences. 


We believe that young people need to feel listened to and develop their emotional intelligence in a way that does not just deal with their emotional challenges but ensures that they challenge themselves to gain as many qualifications and social outcomes as they can.


Our qualifed staff are supported to deliver lessons with a pedagogy that uses evidenced based formulas to ensure that a young persons achievement is given the opportunity to flourish in any activity they particpate in.


Our aspirations for young people are shown in the outputs we already and will continue to achieve as follows:-


•          Re-Integration to Mainstream Education

•          GCSE achievements

•          Vocational Accreditations

•          Development of Social Capital

•          Development of Emotional Wellbeing

•          Development of Emotional Intelligence

•          Development of Independence and Accountability

•          Strong Family Partnerships

•          Regular involvement in community initiatives to build on SMSC and citizenship qualities

•          Early Entry Accreditations

•          Work related learning opportunities

•          Pathways to FE, Apprenticeships and Employment

•          Educational Plans 

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