The majority of children in Scotland have decent childhoods, but for some children and young people, a lot of things go wrong, a lot of the time. Unfortunately right now things are going wrong for some young people who require the structures of secure care; however they still require to be given care, love and hope. 

Young people placed in secure care can have a contrasting number of negative indicators that may result in extremely low levels of wellbeing. These can include alcohol and drug misuse, self-harming, offending, trauma, difficulties in their primary attachments and a profound lack of hope.

As an organisation the domain of HOPE was added so that we could measure how young people felt about not only their current situation but also their futures. We believe that all young people should have hope and be hopeful.  Recent research suggests that hope is an important factor in determining the resilience of young people. Resiliency keeps some children afloat by being flexible, positive and capable of achieving goals.

To build on their hopes it requires care, the therapeutic alliance of positive relationships and promotion of resilience. One of the important aspects of providing this is through the interactions of the everyday and letting young people know that you care and are participants in their lives. We should be able to increase hope by talking about it directly to the young people. We should also be able to increase hope by improving the young person’s self-esteem, family relationships and increasing their motivation to change and confidence to manage their behaviour more positively. It is our aim to address these issues over a period of time, review our approaches and measure outcomes so we improve young people’s levels of hope.