Rainsbrook interventions

At Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC), we offer a wide variety of interventions, helping us to tailor our approach to each child and young person individually.

We currently use the NHS SECURE STAIRS framework to underpin our service, shifting interventions to a holistic service that addresses the root cause of the child or young person’s behaviour. SECURE STAIRS ensures there is appropriate input from mental health staff, social care and educational professionals while also ensuring employees have the right skills and support to provide appropriate care.

See below for a few of the interventions we offer at Rainsbrook STC.

Feelings and behaviour

Forward thinking programmes

A series of multiple-session programmes, challenging the children and young people to consider their behaviour once they are back in the community.

What got me here?

This programme helps children and young people explore the consequences of past decisions, discuss ‘how can I cool my anger?’, identify positive attitudes for successful change and learn how to handle peer pressure.

Handling Difficult Feelings

This programme helps children and young people learn and apply strategies for handling difficult and complex feelings. They learn how difficult feelings and irresponsible behaviour are connected and explore seven strategies for coping.

Thinking Family

This programme helps children and young people understand and improve their family relationships. They look at traits in their families, learn ways to improve relationships, set specific goals and consider qualities they would like to pass onto future generations.

Relationships and Communication

This programme helps children and young people understand and improve their relationships. They explore what makes a relationship healthy, study ways to effectively communicate, set goals for current relationships and work on how to handle peer pressure that can lead to reoffending.

Violence and empowerment


A programme of empowerment for girls and young women, exploring their unique traits and strengths, relationships and how to take care of themselves mentally, physically and spiritually. Attendees access the support of other girls and young women in the programme and practice strategies for dealing with stress and difficult emotions.

Hitting back toolkit

Developed by Brighton and Hove City Council, this toolkit supports children and young people in issues around conflict, exploring their personal stories, understanding their feelings and attitudes, and how victims feel.

Life minus violence

A seven module programme aiming to reduce repeated aggression and help children and young people understand and identify their thoughts before an incident occurs. Children and young people examine the barriers to change and resilience, explore their personal stories, and work to understand the consequences of their actions.

Mental health programmes

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Group

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a talking treatment based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), adapted to help people who experience emotions intensely. Children and young people in this group work on getting along with others better, understanding how to manage their emotions and gain concrete help on how to get through rough situations.


Delivered by a Mental Health Nurse, this is an individualised course, based around Mindfulness. Sessions are delivered in groups and individually and work on reducing distress, including anxiety and depression. The groups provide opportunities for socialisation, communication and improving focus. The sessions teach skills to be practiced outside of the sessions.

Self harm group

Delivered by a Mental Health Nurse and a member from the STC’s Safeguarding Team, the intervention helps children and young people understand and manage self-harm. Children and young people are helped understand why they self-injure, and introduced to alternatives and coping techniques, including Mindfulness, Imagery and Self-Soothing. They are encouraged to develop self-injury management plans that they can put into practice.

Individual Psychological Therapy

This intervention is designed on the individual needs of the child or young person. Therapeutic approaches used are evidence-based and include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye-movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), DBT, and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT).