During the assessment week prior to the beginning of the permanent placement, the young person meets the therapist with whom they will work. Therapy and assessment are explained to the young person and motivation is assessed. The young person is invited to ask questions about the process of therapy and express his thoughts about beginning his placement at Apple Orchard. The content and structure of the assessment is organised during this stage.
Assessment of therapeutic need and risk of harmful sexual behaviour
During the first six to nine weeks of the young person starting his placement at Apple Orchard a full assessment is made which draws from a range of psychometric measures and risk assessment frameworks all of which are selected specifically for their relevance in relation to working with young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviour. Psychometric testing is used to assess young people against measurable milestones in their placement and engagement/progress in therapy. Each assessment is individually tailored to the needs of the young person
At the end of this period a report is created which details the young person’s therapeutic needs and their potential for involvement in further harmful sexual behaviour. This report guides intervention for the following twelve months when relevant psychometric measures are re-administered. Therapy Reports are presented to bi-annual statutory reviews to ensure that relevant agencies are continually informed of the young person’s progress.
Approximately six months before the end of the young person’s time with Apple Orchard, an End of Placement Summary is created which draws from an evaluation of the assessments made throughout the young person’s stay, to outline the young person’s progress and help define future needs.