Get To Know Sophia 

Therapeutic Care Worker

 

I worked in the Metropolitan Police for 12 years, the last eight as a  serving Police Officer. Through my experiences, I discovered my passion for working with children and young people. 

I began working as a Therapeutic Care Worker 5 years ago, and have worked in both Tier 4 (inpatients) and in Tier 3 (intensive outpatients) settings for children and young people with eating disorders: mainly Anorexia. The two approaches were very different, and the philosophy behind Eating Disorder's Home Care has evolved from these experiences . 

When a person is affected by an eating disorder, the whole family is impacted. It is my firm belief, supported by the evidence, that young peoples' recovery is greatly facilitated when remaining in their home environments, being supported to live their normal lives, whilst navigating the world of recovery. 

Meal times are often very difficult and stressful, and this is where my help and support has proven to be the most beneficial. Over the past year and a half, I have worked with many young people within the context of Eating Disorder's Home Care, and the feedback I have received informs me that our mode of practise is very efficacious.

I ensure that I keep myself updated with evolving eating disorder practices through attending relevant training courses, alongside my work in an NHS eating disorder's unit.

I hold a Level 2 Qualification in British Sign language (BSL), which enables me to work effectively with hearing impaired individuals and families.

I hold a BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training and work with The Inclusion Initiative Company as an associate trainer, delivering mental health and wellbeing training in the workplace. I am a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Understandably, COVID-19 has had a profound impact on many of those who have a pre-existing vulnerability to mental ill health, and referrals to Eating Disorder's Home Care have increased. We have been able to fully support our patients’ needs, by providing daily meal support via FaceTime.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Thank you!

Thank you for all your help and support taking us on fun trips.

Thank you for always making me laugh.

I wish you all the best for the future!

All my love".

14 year old.