Care

We nurture individual strengths and encourage young people to approach challenges positively by developing confidence, motivation, independence, self-awareness and a sense of self-worth.

Our children and young people enjoy a safe, stable and caring home in a variety of residential settings. There are eight residential houses on site. All are fully self-contained within the grounds. Each house has between three and eight single bedrooms and most bedrooms have en suite facilities.

Each house has its own kitchen, lounge, activity room and sensory/ soft room as well as office and sleep-in accommodation. All houses have access to a garden.

All young people are encouraged and supported to personalise their own rooms. Many have their own stereos, TV and DVD. The fittings and furnishings in each house reflect the needs of the group as a whole.

For example the ‘activity’ space in a younger children’s house may be a playroom, while this area is used as a quieter place for the computer or individual pastimes in a house for 16-19 year olds.

Each house’s purpose reflects the needs of different age and ability groups. The age, interests, experience and qualifications of staff are matched to meet the range of age and need. Young people are initially assessed and placed in a house according to age and ability and move house when these needs change.

Two of our houses are for young people who have been assessed as being within the more severe range on the Autistic Spectrum, many of whom have challenging behaviour.

Two of our houses are geared towards helping young people towards independence.

Two of our houses offer complex care provision including crisis intervention using a ‘team around the child’ approach.

We also have two independence training flats which are used by our by our older students.

In addition our adult care services have a range of accommodation available for students from the ages of 19-25.

Single occupancy accommodation exist for young people on initial assessment and when additional adult support is required.

‘Home is the centre of a young person’s life, providing care, warmth and security. The emphasis, within the homes, is on building and maintaining friendships and relationships’.

All our young people are supported by keyworkers whose approach is totally focused on the overall development of each young person entrusted to their care. The quality of the relationship between the young person and adult is key to our young people’s success.

We encourage close and honest relationships because this helps to establish mutual trust and respect. It also invites our young people to understand that as well as caring for them we care about them.