Our home in a rural village has a big garden to have fun, create play, keep active, enjoy the fresh air, as well as having sensory input opportunities and provides a safe place. We have a unique sensory indoor space that allows the children to play, move, and or enjoy the sensory lighting to help them co-regulate. The lowrisk environment linked with the diverse and experienced staff team enables the children to have space for reflection, growth and to build coping mechanisms doing so in a safe environment as well as 1-1 supportive engagement. This helps to firm up their sense of self and feel confident in their identity.
Strong Routine filled days places the child and their needs at the centre of everything we do. Children participation is a key element to creating and developing their time with us, as well as helping them understand and cope with daily life whilst learning and growing.
Close links with school help and support the continuum of care and support to the children.
This home accepts long-term placements and assessment placements. Time bounded placements help a child and all involved in their care to build the necessary supports around their identified needs, at home over the longterm with family or foster carers.
- Modern external sensory/play room in the garden. This space includes sensory play/lighting options, ball pit/slide, space for playing with toys, safe space tent, pool table, punch bag, or in just listening to music with sensory lighting.
- 3 shared living areas for dining, relaxing and playing, and safe access to the home computer. Individually decorated en-suite bedrooms
- Large fenced private garden for safe play with bikes, playing football, outdoor sports/games, swings, trampoline, as well as having picnic tables
- Dedicated staff team for 1:1 working
Children have a voice in this home and know that staff listen to them. Since the last inspection, the home has converted an outbuilding in the garden to provide a sensory area, which children enjoy using. One child said, ‘I asked for a ball pool with a slide and that’s what we got. I love the ball pool.’
Children enjoy extremely positive relationships with staff. Three of the four children currently living at the home have developed very positive attachments with staff and have a clear sense of belonging at this home. One child, who has recently moved to live at the home, is settling in well and appears to be really enjoying the company of staff as well as the other children.
They know him very well. Their communication with me is excellent. I receive weekly reports keeping me up to date.
The positive relationships shared with staff are central to why children said they feel ‘happy’ and very settled in this home. Consequently, children have not felt the need to go missing or run away from this home.
Staff are trained to understand how children’s behaviours can result from their early childhood experiences and how these link to a variety of difficult feelings and emotions. Children respond positively to the in-house therapy that is available to them, supported by the patience, nurture and empathy shown by staff.