On placement of a child we run a thorough assessment of each individuals needs. We then meet these needs by providing any form of therapy, counselling or alternative therapy the young person needs.
The houses also provide education and a re-integration package, if needed, to work alongside a young persons school and to address the behaviours preventing a young person from being able to allow them to attend school or any other educational establishment. Placements are expected to last for a minimum of six months.
Whilst we carry out our assessments and then work in partnership with the placing authority to move the young person on.
This may be to a foster placement, back-to-birth family or on to one of our other houses.
We work in partnership with local fostering agencies, independent fostering agencies, independent children's homes to mention but a few services available to young people.
Effective and positive moves are key to success. Our key worker will be directly involved in 'moving on' and the key worker is available to visit the young person in future placements. We feel that this is important to young people when they have built a relationship with one of our staff. It affords the young person some consistency in their lives.
Our residential houses are Yew Tree Cottage (2 bedded unit), and we are just starting work on our fourth and fifth houses.
Yew Tree is a semi-detached property. This is an 18th Century cottage, which has been beautifully restored to our usual high standard.
Fleetwood is a detached Bungalow and Spenser is a semi-detached house
Services provided in residential houses are:
Young people can also undertake their hobbies or activities. There are parties and festivals to mark significant events and visits from family members are encouraged and supported when appropriate.
All staff are highly skilled individuals and a minimum of 80% of of staff hold the NVQ 3 in Children and Young People.
All staff are trained in First Aid.