The pilot service at Tier 4 acute adolescent unit started in the beginning of October 2015 and ran for 12 weeks until mid-January 2016.
The creative therapeutic activities included art, music, movement and drama. At the end of the programme, each child received a DVD with their individual work.
The programme was met with great enthusiasm and eagerness to participate by both children and staff:
“I learned skills like talking/narration, experimental /thinking out of the box and piano playing. I really liked the energetic, passionate staff.” – Service User
“Apart from defined outcomes, which were all met, the project achieved many less tangible outcomes by providing opportunities to create bonds between the young people and clinical staff beyond the usual therapeutic relationships.” – Centre Team Leader
Following the completion of the pilot, its effectiveness is now being evaluated with a possibility of commission of an on-going service.