Hillside School
Tel: 01383 860731

Fax: 01383 860929


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The overall management of the Care staff is located with the Head of Care, who encourages them to

operate in a collaborative, flexible and imaginative way in all aspects of their practice and interaction

with colleagues and young people.

Care Staff

All members of the Care Staff at Hillside are registered with the Scottish Social Services Council

(SSSC) and are qualified to at least HNC/SVQ3 level in Social Care with many staff having a wide

range of additional qualifications in Social Care, associated Social Science disciplines or practical

subjects where transferable skills can be used to help our young people. The value of previous life

experiences is not underestimated when considering candidates during the recruitment process.

Additionally Care Staff undertake in-house and external training courses in many areas of

contemporary practice with great importance being placed on regular Therapeutic Crisis

Intervention training including training in the use of “Life Space Interview” techniques


Therapeutic Approaches

We work in a therapeutic and solution focused way with young people. The development of good

relationships with key adults is seen as fundamental to establishing trust and respect towards peers

and staff and success in future relationships with others.


We place considerable value on consistency and continuity of staffing. By allocating a small Key

Team to each child we attempt to encourage trust whilst supporting the principles of positive

attachment and resilience development.


The encouragement of caring and trust-based relationships remains the single most important

characteristic in helping the young person to change and develop.


Support in relationship work extends to families through regular programmed visits, emotional

support and the teaching of new coping skills. We have a Parents and Carers Support Group which

meets on a regular basis and the use of our Family Flat can provide more intensive help when



To enhance the therapeutic basis of our work we retain the services of a consultant psychologist to

undertake assessment review and direct focused work with young people.


The consultant psychologist also provides staff consultancy, training, family- work and quality-

assessment input into the work of the school.


Assessment Care Planning and Review

We employ a range of communication methods to ensure daily, intermediate, and longer term

planning for young people is supported reviewed and amended.

This is based around the “Getting it Right for Every Child “and Curriculum for Excellence



We maintain strong links withal key agencies involved in the life of our young people and participate

positively in all Local Authority assessment, planning and review meetings, providing reports and

professional input when required.


Community and Recreation

Considerable resources are utilised to encourage young people to adopt a healthy and stimulating

lifestyle. There are a range of sporting opportunities available as well as computing, media, artistic

and environmental projects which are available both during and after the school day.

Participation and attendance in a wide choice of clubs and interest groups is encouraged and

facilitated whilst the Independent Living Programme affords leisure and recreational opportunities

which can be transferred to the home community when approaching the transition from school