Manager: Lisa Sykes
Ethos of Barwick House
The ethos of the home is underpinned by the organisations model of care. The staff team are committed to the young people who live at Barwick House to ensure that they achieve their full potential. Holistic individualised child focussed packages of care are evolved for the young people in conjunction with Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) and all professionals who are involved with the young people. Barwick provides a nurturing environment which supports the young people to achieve a sense of permanency.
Age of Young People
Barwick House can accommodate young people of any age; however normally they are between 8 and 18 years old. The admission process is robust and includes the completion of a shared living risk assessment which allows the young people’s needs to be carefully matched with co-residents, including age, specific needs and stage of emotional development to ensure that the placement is in the best interests of all young people. At Barwick House we prefer planned placements as this gives new young people the opportunity to visit the home and meet the staff team and if there are other young people in placement prior to them moving in. However, we recognise that there may be occasions where emergency placements may be required, and we are sometimes in a position to offer this. This decision would only be made after consideration of the suitability of the young person being referred. It would be expected that a review would take place within 7 working days of the young person’s admission in the case of a planned move to ascertain whether it is in the young person’s best interests to remain at the home or to move onto a different placement. In the case of an emergency admission the review should take place never more than 72 hours after admission.
Barwick House is a four bedroom detached upside down house, with a front patio area ideal for summer BBQ’s and a rear drive way. The ground floor consists of a staff office, staff sleep room, kitchen, toilet and a large lounge/dining room. The lower floor comprises of two bedrooms for young people, a staff sleep room, laundry room and bathroom, with shower and bath facilities. All shared areas of the home are accessible to young people. In the interest of confidentiality young people do not have access to the staff office. Barwick House strives to create and maintain a homely environment for the young people to feel safe and secure. The daily routine of the home is centred around the needs of the young people. This is achieved by encouraging the young people to personalise their surroundings by actively involving them in choosing décor and furnishings for the home and personalising their own bedroom. The young people receive an allowance when they first move into the home so that they can purchase items of their choice to personalise their bedrooms. The staff team at Barwick House are dedicated in providing a non-judgemental anti oppressive approach to working with the young people. The staff team at Barwick House are committed to eliminating unfair discrimination in line with the organisations equal opportunities policy. We also embrace that our young people come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the individual care plans are tailor-made to reflect this. We encourage young people to explore their religious and cultural heritage. Staff are provided with training to ensure they are culturally competent to deal with the individual needs and consult with external partners on how to best achieve this. Staff will support the young people to maintain their religious and cultural observances. All staff will receive Race Awareness and Equal Opportunities training and will base their work practice on anti discriminatory practice with regard to race, gender, disability, cultural and religious needs etc
Children make progress in education from their starting points. They are supported by staff to attend school and overcome barriers that impact on their learning. Some children’s attendance has improved, and other children have achieved qualifications and awards in recognition of their hard work at school. The manager and staff attend parents’ evenings and regularly share relevant information about the children with school staff. This helps children to be supported in their learning environment and make educational progress.
Children benefit from living in this home. They receive individualised care that helps them to settle and make progress in various aspects of their lives. As a result, children’s emotional well-being is enhanced, their relationships are improved, and they make progress in their education.
The atmosphere in the home is calm. Children were observed smiling and heard laughing with the staff. Children like their bedrooms, which are personalised, some with large murals painted on the walls
The manager and staff provide the children with intervention sessions to help them understand the dangers and risks. The staff use online resources and focus on relevant topics such as internet safety, relationships and maintaining good emotional well-being. Children say they feel safe. One child described staff as, ‘always there for me when I need them’.
Children are supported to have good relationships with their family members and people who are important to them. Some children have progressed to overnight family time, while others have reconnected with their families who they have not seen for some time. When appropriate, family members visit the home; in one example, a child’s family visited for a surprise birthday party. Staff sensitively manage the children’s time with their families. They understand the children’s individual circumstances and when they need extra emotional support. This helps to ensure that the children’s individual needs are met.
Children enjoy activities such as horse riding and attending community clubs. This helps them to develop individual interests and promotes their self-confidence. The staff also accompany children on outings to the cinema, ten-pin bowling and on local walks. This helps the children to develop hobbies and have fun.