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Reflective spaces at Ashdale Care standard

Looking after the staff who work at Ashdale Care is a core focus of the organisation. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so keeping our staff cups full is vital in the care of our children and young people. One of the newest introductions to supporting our carers’ mental health and wellbeing are Reflective Spaces. Olivia McGrath, Clinical Service Manager, explains more: “During the first 90 minutes of a team meeting a member of the Clinical team will facilitate a Reflective Space. This is a protected time and space to explore situations that have come up for the team, specifically quite challenging situations and their emotional reaction to it. The aim is to further develop the skill ...

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30 years of caring standard

Ashdale Care CEO Paula tells us how she fulfilled her vision of a very different kind of care home for children. The story of Ashdale Care Ireland began back in the 1990s, when Social Work student Paula Kane observed how traumatised children were placed in institutions and expected to conform, when they felt worthless and detached from society. As Paula went to work in the social care field she recalls...

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7 reasons why you should work at Ashdale Care standard

There’s a very special team working at Ashdale Care – and these are just some of the reasons why they love it here! 1. Positively transforming children’s lives Ashdale Care is the pioneer in residential care for children that have experienced trauma – we do things very differently, and our methods – offering children a place of safety in a familial home, along with therapeutic interventions – are incredibly effective. What better reward can there be than helping these children and young people to enjoy their childhood and go out into the world as confident young adults? 2.  The Ashdale community Although there obviously have to be people in charge you’ll find the hierarchy at Ashdale Care is really relaxed ...

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How Ashdale Care creates a real home for our young people standard

Discover the ethos behind Ashdale Care’s familial home system. The young people and children who come to us at Ashdale Care often come from chaotic and traumatising situations. To help them heal, we strive to create a warm, nurturing home for them. As pioneers in care for children in Ireland, we look to help these young people have some choice and control over how they are cared for. We want to help them manage and recover from their trauma – rather than forcing them to conform to a life pathway that is drawn out for them by strangers. Something that can all too easily cause them further trauma and damage their sense of self worth. Our therapeutic ethos requires the ...

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