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Welcome to Halliwell - A social enterprise delivering clinically informed practice.

Halliwell is a social enterprise offering "clinically informed practice" through the medium of education, fostering and residential care. Our objective is to enhance the psychological health of children within the care system. We are the UK's leading licensed practitioner of the Pillars of Parenting "authentic warmth" care programme.

At Halliwell we have a full range of CAMHS services suitable for complex needs children including psychiatric support from our retained Psychiatrist, Dr Malcolm Bourne. Through our accreditation to the Pillars of Parenting, we have ongoing access to a range of Chartered Psychologists who supply supervision, training, and support programmes appropriate to each placement. Whilst offering a safe and nurturing home, our aim is to address the young person's needs moving beyond focusing on behaviour.
 
Developing Fostering through Restorative Parenting
Halliwell returned to Manchester Metropolitan University this week to deliver its popular training event: Fostering Restorative Parenting® – Integrating theory into practice, developing Foster Carer Skills. This continuous professional development event introduced delegates to the Pillars of Parenting, Halliwell's Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme and how we use this in practice with our Restorative Foster Parents.

Dr Chris Robinson, Clinical Psychologist, welcomed professionals from across the sector with his presentation on 'Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children who have suffered trauma through neglect, abuse and rejection'. He explored the importance of attachment, relationships, use of vocabulary and positive self perception. Within this, he introduced the audience to the Pillars of Parenting, a model of care which was formed as an emotional warmth model of practice in order to meet the parental needs of children in the looked after sector. This model was developed by Dr Sean Cameron and Colin Maginn who, through their combined skills, experience and knowledge, recognised that the trauma of parental rejection was a significant factor in the outcomes of children. 

After a thought provoking morning, the afternoon was a period of activity and discussion as the audience engaged with Karen Mitchell-Mellor's presentation on how these theories are put into practice from the recruitment of our foster parents, to support and training whilst providing a therapeutic foster home for the children.

“Very informative. Tremendous levels of expertise all round. I will be asking to integrate several ideas into my practise and cascade to the team.”

“It is good that the children will know they have a security of a forever home once they are with their foster parents."

If you would like to attend one of our training sessions, or would like further information on our CPD training events please contact training@halliwellhomes.co.uk.


Closing the academic achievement gap for looked after children
Professionals from across the education and health care sector attended the event at the University of Leeds to learn about the Restorative Parenting® model and how it's implementation improves academic achievement within the looked after sector.

Unfortunately, it is a proven statistic that looked after children do not achieve the same level of grades as their peers. This workshop looked at addressing this imbalance by understanding the causes before outlining an effective plan to aid our children to improve their educational achievements.

Educational Psychologist, Dr Margaret Bullock, explained how attachment theory, trauma recovery and positive psychology underpin the organisations' practice model. Within this she discussed the works of Rutter, Rohner, Cairns and Seligman and how their theories support Restorative Parenting.

Head of Education, Mathew Hargreaves, followed this thought provoking and informative session with his presentation on how the theory translates into practice. His lively session brought a series of questions on the feasibility of the programme which were evidenced with real life examples, educational trajections and improved levels of learning for looked after children.

"Very informed and experienced speakers." Anon, delegate.

"Far exceeded my expectations with practical knowledge that I can implement." Anon, delegate.


Implementing Restorative Parenting into residential practice
 “Interesting and thought provoking. Very knowledgeable and passionate speakers.”

The University of Liverpool hosted the latest Halliwell CPD day: Implementing Restorative Parenting® into residential practice. This introductory course provided a background to the Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme and the model on which it is based, the Pillars of Parenting.

Dr Chris Robinson, Clinical Psychologist commenced the training day with his presentation: 'Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children who have suffered trauma through neglect, abuse and rejection'. He explored the importance of attachment, relationships, use of vocabulary and positive self perception. Within this he introduced the audience to the Pillars of Parenting, prior to exploring the latest research and studies on Predictive Adaptive Response and Toxic Childhood Stress. How higher levels of abuse and lower levels of parental warmth are associated with poorer health outcomes.

Practice Director Karen Mitchell-Mellor continued the session by examining and explaining what we as professionals know and recognise about working with children and how best practice is applied via people, procedure, environment and materials. Through these four areas the model acknowledges key aspects such as the importance of knowing the child, celebrating successes of the child and encouraging goals and ambitions.

Real life examples, current issues and personal experiences were explored and discussed throughout the day with honest and open accounts shared between the delegates and speakers alike.

"Excellent and stimulating course that has excited my need to change practice."

For further information on our next CPD training event, Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting, please contact training@halliwellhomes.co.uk.


Restorative Parenting workshop in Birmingham
"Informative, good knowledge and skill within the team, positive drive to supporting children."

Halliwell joined forces once again with the Pillars of Parenting to deliver an "Implementing  the Restorative Parenting Model into Residential Practice" training session at the University of Birmingham. The event was a combination of theoretical and practical based workshops with delegates from across the sector sharing experiences and knowledge.

Key speakers Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, and Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Practice Director at Halliwell took the group on a reflective journey of parenting; how we as professional practitioners working in the care sector deliver recovery to the children in our residential homes. Colin introduced the Emotional Warmth Model of Professional Childcare, a practice model used by both organisations which looks at a variety of behaviours and what good parenting should look like. Hot topics included appropriate attachment, secure relationships and the ability to identify strengths and positive traits of all children, no matter how challenging their exhibiting behaviour is.

Karen followed Colin's presentation with discussions and examples of how Halliwell have used this model in practice integrating the environment, people, processes and materials to develop a psychologically led Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme called Restorative Parenting®. This specialist programme is designed for pre-adolescents who begin their pathway to recovery with an intensive period in a residential setting before progressing to a life long fostering home.

"Brilliant! Well organised, effective use of time, very knowledgeable speakers. Finally practitioners who echo my values and beliefs re holistic care and parenting." Anon Delegate

Halliwell Fostering takes to the air with Tameside Radio
 As part of the national Carers Week Halliwell Fostering are delighted to be chatting to Tameside radio about how we foster differently.

 

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which aims to improve collaboration between local communities and the carers within them. Halliwell Fostering, in conjunction with Sainsburys are pleased to be supporting this worthy cause by providing advice and guidance about fostering.

 

Have you ever thought about fostering? Can you provide a loving, caring home for a child and give them the opportunity to have a positive future? Whether you are a couple or a single carer we would love to hear from you.

 

Halliwell Fostering will be at Sainsbury's in Denton, Monday 9th June with Tameside Radio so come and see our team. Alternatively contact us at: fostering@halliwellhomes.co.uk or 07761830389


Halliwell attends 25th Annual International Trauma Conference


"The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development."
(www.pesi.com)

This week has seen the 25th Annual International Trauma Conference hosted in Boston Massachusetts. The focus of the event has been on the discoveries over the past 25 years  related to traumatic stress and the subsequent treatment. Halliwell Directors Andrew Constable and Karen Mitchell-Mellor are in attendance to explore recent research findings on how children's brains, minds and bodies respond to traumatic experiences and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

"This was a great opportunity to meet the leading psychologists, psychiatrists and theorists whose work has informed the Restorative Parenting model which Halliwell uses to improve the psychological well being of children in the looked after sector. We are looking forward to developing these, and further connections in the future in order to further enhance our recovery programme." (Andrew Constable, Halliwell Director)
Looking for a loving and caring home for Saima
 Children deserve to be loved, cared for and given the best opportunity to grow and develop in a positive way.

Saima is 9yrs old and of mixed heritage and this is important to her. She is a quiet child who can find it difficult to be with other children.  She needs foster parents who will help her realise what being a mum and dad really means. She needs lots of encouragement and a predictable care routine to help her feel secure.  She likes to see her siblings on contact.

Saima is one of our children who is looking for a family who will care, share and believe in him. If you are interested in providing a loving home and a life long commitment please contact Caroline on 0161 437 9491 or fostering@halliwellhomes.co.uk.


Caring, giving and believing in a child

 

Children deserve to be loved, cared for and given the best opportunity to grow and develop in a positive way.

Jamie is 10 years old and needs to be the only child in placement or with grown up children.  Jaime needs foster parents who will help him be a child and feel worthy of the care he gets.  He needs routine and structure to help him self-manage.  He likes Scouts. He has a good sense of humour and can be kind to others.  Jaime will need help coming to terms with his life journey.

Jamie is one of our children who is looking for a family who will care, share and believe in him. If you are interested in providing a loving home and a life long commitment please contact Caroline on 0161 437 9491 or fostering@halliwellhomes.co.uk.


Finding families forever
 Children deserve to be loved, cared for and given the best opportunity to grow and develop in a positive way.

Leana is 5yrs old but has many health needs that impact on her development physically, emotionally and cognitively.  She needs foster parents who are prepared to give a life long commitment to her.  

Leana is one of our children who is looking for a family who will care, share and believe in her. If you are interested in providing a loving home and a life long commitment please contact Caroline on 0161 437 9491 or fostering@halliwellhomes.co.uk.
Finding Forever Families
Children deserve to be loved, cared for and given the best opportunity to grow and develop in a positive way.

David, aged 12yrs, is looking to be the only child in a placement where there is a father figure who will provide a good role model and take an active interest in him.  Philip struggles to learn in a formal education setting but loves ‘hands on’ learning of practical skills such as DIY. 

David is one of our children who is looking for a family who will care, share and believe in him. If you are interested in providing a loving home and a life long commitment please contact Caroline on 0161 437 9491 or fostering@halliwellhomes.co.uk.

Welcome to Foster Care Fortnight
Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign aimed at highlighting the need for approximately 9,000 foster carers to look after an increasing number of vulnerable children.
This year’s theme, 'Guess Who Fosters?' follows on from the highly successful ‘Get In the Frame’  from last year. Organised by the Fostering Network, supported by colleagues in the sector and endorsed by celebrities including Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Gareth Gates, it is a worthy and heart warming cause to become involved in.
Over the following two weeks Halliwell Fostering will be bringing you our latest news and events, real life stories and details about becoming a foster parent.

Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model - Liverpool
How can you help a child who has suffered an emotional trauma? How can you build trusting relationships with children in your care? Why are some children unaware of the consequences of their actions?

These are just some of the areas which were covered in this week's CPD training event, Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model which was held at Liverpool John Moore University. Halliwell, in conjunction with the Pillars of Parenting, run a series of workshops which address topical issues concerning children in the looked after sector.

This month's session focussed on using the model in residential care, discussing the reasons why children in care react and respond in recognised ways before addressing the reasons why and how existing practices can be amended for the benefit of the child.

Experienced speakers Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, with Karen Mitchell-Mellor and Andrew Constable, Directors of Halliwell, used their depth of knowledge and first hand experiences to guide fellow sector colleagues through the day which included presentations, group activities and lively discussions.

"Really enjoyed the day, it has given me avenues to pursue and will help me develop my everyday practice."

For further information on our next CPD training event, Integrating theory into practice, developing Foster Carer Skills, please contact training@halliwellhomes.co.uk.