Friday 18 October, 2019

Special needs teen rescued from duck pen receives counselling

A 14-year-old boy rescued in January by the Children’s Authority after he was found living amongst ducks is now receiving counselling.

The child, who is described as having ‘very severe special needs’ was being physically abused and was forced to sleep outdoors. The boy was removed from the home overnight and placed in the care of a fit person.

Initial media reports indicated that the child was yet to receive any counselling despite the abuse from which he was rescued.

However, following an assessment by a clinical psychologist during a recent visit by the Children’s Authority, it was determined that the child did not require critical therapeutic intervention.

But, while the child was assessed as not in need of urgent counselling, it was determined that he would benefit from immediate psychoeducation.

The sessions for the child to be conducted by the Children’s Authority’s clinical psychologist commenced on April 5, 2018.

The child’s caretaker also benefits from some sessions to assist with caring for a child with special needs.

She has also undergone a parenting training session which was conducted during a home assessment, and which provided her and her family with tools to stabilise the child in this new environment.

The Authority remains in close contact with the child’s caretaker, communicating with her on a weekly basis despite the psychoeducational assessment, vocational rehabilitation services and parent training, being outsourced.

 

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