Increase the well-being of C&YP and their families living with obesity.
Address the psychological components that underpin disordered eating.
Provide a reflective approach to understanding the systemic role that food plays in a family.
Focus on behaviour change and education for the whole family.
Instill practical tools to help identify and develop new coping strategies around food and lifestyle.
Safeguarding is at the heart of all that we do. The C&YP team hold up-to-date Safeguarding training certificates. We liaise directly with the safeguarding teams in the areas in which we work on any issues of harm, neglect or children in need that arise during treatment. A senior social worker forms an integral part of the team and is involved in the assessment process and ongoing treatment of all families referred into the service.
We see our role as being central to the community. Clinics are delivered in schools and community locations. We develop strong relationships with general practice clinicians and schools. As well as working with specialist services and local hospital teams to ensure joined-up treatment plans for the families with whom we work.
Mollie had started to gain weight during primary school which her mum attributed to her persistent snacking and very rigid behaviour around food, particularly textures. She had for example a habit of eating food directly from the freezer as she enjoyed the texture and noise.
Mollie was at a local SEN community school who were supportive of her referral. Working closely with the school and providing weekly sessions on-site the allocated counsellor was able to work with Mollie whilst her mother met with the dietician and family counsellor to help her install boundaries around food acceptable to both of them. Mum was also provided with support and some tools from the Adult Tier 3 service to help address her own weight.
At the point of discharge, Mum had made some significant changes to both her and Mollie’s eating patterns and had managed to reduce their weight and become more active.
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