The staff at Kirby Moor House pride themselves on the therapeutic and nurturing approach in the care the children receive. Our home has a family atmosphere where the children feel safe, secure and cared for allowing them to grow and achieve their full potential.
Opportunities to strengthen personal resilience are promoted and incorporated into daily living. This leads to great improvements in friendships and social ability within the home and in the wider community allowing them to grow in confidence. Staff work alongside children in a staged approach to teach self-care skills, such as support with personal hygiene, keeping their rooms tidy. This eventually involves independent living skills in preparation for their futures. This includes where appropriate, support with more specific independence skills such as meal planning, cooking, washing clothes and budgeting whilst providing a safe arena in which to rehearse these skills.
The voices, wishes & feeling of the children are always listened to and we make our home a fun place to live and call home. Every room has been shaped by the ideas of all who live in the home including their own bedrooms. There is immense pride felt by young people about their home. This foundation enables great progress, the home is settled, welcoming and highly nurturing.
Kirby Moor House is located in a quiet town surrounded by beautiful countryside where they are lots of opportunities for adventure. All of the children at Kirby Moor House are encouraged to plan out weekly activities to enjoy with friends or 1:1 with staff. Some of the activities the children here enjoy are Trampolining, water sports in the Lake District, cinema and there is a skate park next to Kirby Moor House. There are many opportunities to also join clubs and groups such as football, gymnastics, rock climbing and youth clubs. We encourage the young people to join clubs and groups as this promotes growth, independence, social skills and skills in forming positive relationships
Long-term and shorter assessment-based placements are available. Close multi-agency and family working facilitates next steps. Where appropriate, incremental integration with a child’s family leads to positive transitions and our time-bounded support means long-term relationships and placements can continue.
I want to stay on here until I’m 25; my whole life if I could. I have friends here and I love [name of manager] and staff. I want to stay in this village, go to college and be a joiner
Children feel valued and know that they have a voice in this home. They say staff listen to them and consistently take their views and wishes into consideration. Children are fully involved in their care planning and know that they influence the care and support they receive
I really can’t fault the service. Staff are excellent; they have gone above and beyond for [child’s name]. Staff made Christmas very special for him and the other children. [Childs’ name] is confident to ring me and he fully understands his rights. He is encouraged to speak to me which, as a social worker, is what we all want.
Children speak enthusiastically about the range of activities and opportunities that they have access to and enjoyed. For some, this has included day trips, holidays, opportunities to play for local football clubs and the opportunity to join staff in taking part in local challenges, including a mud-running obstacle event.
Children’s emotional health and well-being are prioritised and professionally supported by a contracted therapeutic service that works closely with staff and the home’s professionally qualified nurse. This ensures children’s physical, emotional and mental health needs are well-coordinated.