Children of Alcoholics Week Case Study: Rufus, Age 2

Young Oasis Creche: A Case Study

Rufus*, 2 Years Old

The Young Oasis Creche is open to any child whose parent is accessing support around their recovery from drug or alcohol misuse.

Rufus’ mum brought Rufus to the Young Oasis Creche so she could attend a group to support her around her drinking. Things were difficult at home for the family. When Rufus first came to the creche, he appeared disengaged and withdrawn. Young Oasis staff were concerned around his behaviour and his patterns of attachment. Rufus did not respond to his name and his play was very fleeting. Rufus tended to become distressed when he heard doors closing and other loud noises, due to traumatic events he’d experienced at home.

Over the past few months, Rufus’ behaviour has begun to change; he is much more focussed in his play and he seems content. Rufus is now starting to show signs of secure attachment; he looks out for his mum when she comes to collect Rufus from the creche, calling her name though the window in excitement.

Rufus’ Mum has commented how lucky she and Rufus are to have access to the creche and how Rufus’ behaviour at home is becoming easier to manage.

If you or someone you know could do with a space in our Creche, please call us on 01273 696970. Our Creche Leader Joyce can talk through what we can offer and arrange for a settling in session.

*All names have been changed for the purposes of this case study


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