Ethos and Philosophy
One of the most important words in Dreadnought’s philosophy. Empowerment with The Dreadnought Centre is about young people taking on more responsibility, more power and more control; making informed decisions for themselves.
We operate from a child centred perspective.
We offer a non-confrontational, unconditional acceptance to the children and young people who are it’s service users. Aiming to separate the children from their behaviour and to challenge unacceptable behaviour in a non-confrontational way.
We spend a lot of time training staff and volunteers in the understanding of these practice theories.
Both our staff and service users know that a child/young person can leave the project, be taken home at any time and withdraw from the work. On their initial visit to Dreadnought a young person will have this explained to them. Children and young people are not ‘sent‘ to Dreadnought, they come if they want to.
We have developed a unique approach to working with young people. This is a holistic approach using a combination of different disciplines.
Social Work: Working with young people who have identified needs and who are at risk.
Youth Work: Working with young people to help them identify their own needs and become involved in the decision that affects their lives: empowerment.
Social Education: Life skills, self image, communication with others, enhancing the self.
Community Arts: Introducing a philosophy of process work- breaking down the barriers to being creative and celebrating our own imagination and creativity.