Activities & Carers
What do the children do at home?
Most of the children who live with us feel happier and more secure when following a clear, structured routine. Within that routine, we encourage each child to develop their skills and to move towards greater independence.
In the evenings and at weekends, the children can choose from a wide range of activities which help to develop their physical fitness, social skills and self confidence. This could be swimming, horse riding, dance, drama – if the children are interested we’ll give it a go!
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Who looks after the children?
Each child has a named key worker who is responsible for ensuring that all records, appointments etc, are kept up to date. They ensure that personal belongings are well-maintained and that we develop good relationships with parents/families and other professionals involved with the child through regular contact. The key worker is responsible for preparing reports for reviews and ensuring that any change to programmes is communicated to all relevant parties. The placing authority, through the formal Looked After Child (LAC) system will review all children.
There is a manager responsible for each home, and that person is accountable to the Head of Child Care Services who reports to the Chief Executive Officer. Each home is well staffed based on the assessed needs of individuals. Residential care staff have either completed, or are working towards, the NVQ3 ‘Caring for Children and Young People’ Award, which is a minimum requirement under Care Standards.
All staff are also offered an extensive training programme on the special needs of children with Autism. Staff support is provided through supervision by line managers or an experienced member of staff, team meetings and open access to senior managers and the human resources department.
All residential units are registered with the OfSted as ‘Children’s Homes’ within a special school and are regularly inspected and monitored in relation to the National Care Standards Act 2000. Inspection reports are available upon request from the Registered Manager of each unit.
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