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1 Welcome to St Edmunds A Young Person’s Guide Whatever it takes Whatever it takes Updated June 2010 Updated June 2010

2 Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting Name and address of the Responsible body Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Riverside House Riverside House Rotherham Rotherham St Edmunds is located in Thurcroft. St Edmunds is located in Thurcroft. It is a detached 8 bedroom property. It is a detached 8 bedroom property. The house has a fitted kitchen, laundry room, The house has a fitted kitchen, laundry room, dinning room and sitting rooms to the front and dinning room and sitting rooms to the front and rear rear There are 6 bedrooms, one for each young person, 2 staff bedrooms, 1 bathroom 1 shower room and toilets. There are 6 bedrooms, one for each young person, 2 staff bedrooms, 1 bathroom 1 shower room and toilets. To the rear of the house is a garden. To the rear of the house is a garden.1

3 Our commitment at St Edmunds is “Whatever it takes” We will make sure that while you are with us you are safe, happy and have the opportunities you need to develop your full potential so that when you leave, you are prepared for your future and you have fond memories of your time here. To do that we will  Give you a safe, clean environment to live in  Make sure that your health is our top priority  Make sure that you are always protected from harm and are able to keep yourself safe too.  Make sure that you get the most out of life by having the chances and support you need to enjoy your education and leisure activities  Respect you and expect you to have respect for others  Make sure that you have fair and equal rights and access to all of the responsibilities available to all children and young people.  Recognise and celebrate all your achievements.  Listen to what you have to say and make sure you are involved in any decisions we make about your care.  Give you financial support and training so you can take advantage of opportunities and prepare for life care  Make sure you can get the support you need from other agencies 2

4 Managing the Home  The current Manager is  Shaun Scales  Qualifications: Dip Social Work Dip HE in Social Work Dip HE in Social Work Dip in Management L5 Dip in Management L5 Experience- Experience- 22yrs working with Children and young people in residential children’s homes 22yrs working with Children and young people in residential children’s homes  The Deputy Manager is  Glyn Brown  Qualifications: NVQ L4 in management NVQ L4 in management NVQ L3 Children and Young People NVQ L3 Children and Young People Experience- Experience- 10 yrs working with Children and young people in residential children’s homes 10 yrs working with Children and young people in residential children’s homes3

5 Senior Staff This does not mean they are old! It means that they are responsible for making sure that you are properly looked after and that all the jobs are done on their shift. They are also responsible for making important decisions when they are working. It means that they are responsible for making sure that you are properly looked after and that all the jobs are done on their shift. They are also responsible for making important decisions when they are working.4

6 Senior Residential Care Workers  Shane Greville  Kate Kirk  Diane Wellings  Andy Reville  Quentin Holroyd-Dove  Bev Blumenstock  Deborah Watson

7 Residential Care Workers  We also have staff who work with young people but don’t have the responsibility of leading shifts. Theses are our Level 2 Residential Care Workers. These staff however make important decisions with you and for you whilst you are here.  The Level 2 RCW staff are-  Sarah Dodsworth  Alison Fletcher  Derrick Williams The home is kept clean and tidy by our fantastic domestic Jane Cristie 6

8 Information about the home  There will usually be 2-3 staff on shift during the morning and evening. One of the staff on duty will be a senior worker. 2 staff sleep in at night, so there is always someone there for you.  We also have a domestic who helps us keep the unit clean and tidy.  All staff will write in a file which is special to you. Other young people do not have access to this. Staff record in your file each day and night. This is done so that everyone who is working with you knows what they need to be doing to assist you and meet your needs.  You can read certain parts of your file and we will encourage you to add your own comments.  All young people are encouraged to attend young people’s meetings. This is where young people can have the opportunity to make comments on how we can improve things for everyone. Those that attend have a take away of their choice. 7

9 Information about the home  We aim to provide a safe and homely environment for you to live in. In order for this to happen we expect you to respect the home and the people who live and work there. Everyone has the right to be happy and comfortable so everyone needs to take into account the feelings and wishes of other people. We expect the same respect be shown to other people’s property and the privacy of others.  You will be expected to act appropriately, although we don’t expect angels, nobody is perfect! We may however at times put in place sanctions which are designed to assist you to “stop and think” and to encourage you to make appropriate decisions in the future. Sanctions could be reparation for damage curtailment of leisure activities increased supervision All sanctions are recorded. All sanctions are recorded. However if you deliberately and persistently damage the unit or are violent to staff or another young person, this may have to be dealt with by the Police. 8

10 Information about the home  Restraint Policy If your behaviour puts you or others at risk, then staff may have to hold you in a safe way for a short period of time. Staff at the unit have been trained in DeRisc (Defusion and Restraint in Social Care) This is a last resort as staff will always try to defuse the situation and support you through it.  Rights and Complaints Every one has rights and whilst you are with us we will ensure that you are listened to and that that your rights are met. You can contact he Children’ Rights Officer at anytime during the day Mon-Fri, If you have any suggestions about how we can improve the service we provide to young people these will be welcomed. Your key worker will explain the complaints process so that you fully understand the process. Remember you have rights and responsibilities. You must respect the rights and beliefs of others, both staff and other young people. 9

11 Information about the home  Religious and Cultural Observance Every young person will have the opportunity to attend religious services as are appropriate to the religious persuasion the young person belongs to. Whilst at the unit every effort will be made to ensure that observance such as special diets and clothing are adhered to. If special hair and skin care are required this will also be provided. If staff require relevant information about specific cultures and religious backgrounds, we will actively seek this information. 10

12 Information about the home  We sound the fire alarm once a week to make sure that the system works. We also have a fire drill once a month so we can check if everyone is reacting to the alarm in the way we should do in a real fire.  This will be explained to you on your first day at the unit.  You will not be allowed to smoke anywhere inside the building.  This is important as we need to keep the unit safe for everyone who lives and works here. 11

13 Information about the home  We are inspected twice per year by our inspector from OFSTED.  His/Her job is to ensure that the quality of care being given at the unit meets standards set by the Government regarding how Children’s Homes should be.  Ofsted’s National Business Unit Ofsted’s National Business Unit Royal Exchange Buildings, Royal Exchange Buildings, St Ann’s Square, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Manchester, M2 7LA M2 7LA12

14 Information about the home  Whilst you are with us you will be expected to continue with your education. If you are not in school or you are exclude you will still be expected to do some education during school hours.  Staff will support you with your education and keep in contact with school.  If you are experiencing problems at school we have access to staff who may be able to help. These are based at the Get Real Team.  You will have the use of a laptop computer which you can use to help you with your school work. We have internet access to the sites that are used by Rotherham schools. 13

15 Information about the home  Whilst you are with us you will use the same doctor and dentist as you did previously. If your Doctor or Dentist is to far away we can arrange for you to be registered at another one.  Any health concerns you have regarding smoking or substance misuse which may be harmful to your health, can be discussed with the Looked After Nurse, Louise Bishop. She deals with the health need of young people who are in the care system.  We can also put you in touch with someone at Know The Score re substance misuse. You can discuss this further with your key worker. 14

16 Information about the home Missing from the unit/absconding  We expect you to be in the unit at a reasonably time, which may be dependant on your age. These times will not normally be past 11.00pm regardless of age and independence.  If you fail to return at night or abscond, staff will search your room, building and surrounding area to make sure you are not in the unit or local area. If this is the case staff will report your failing to return or absconding to South Yorkshire Police. Staff and Police will contact your family and friends in order to return you safely back to the unit.  On your return a Police Officer will have to speak to you about where you have been. This is so he can formally record that he has seen you and you are safe and well. 15

17 Information about the home  Reviews and Case Planning meetings. Whilst you are with us you will have meetings which are called Reviews. These are attended by you, your parents, social worker, key worker and anyone else who is involved in your care. This meeting will look at your care plan and your future. Staff will encourage you to attend and fully participate at the meeting. This is your meeting, about you. Before the meeting you will be asked to fill a short questionnaire. Your key worker will help you with this if you wish. If areas of your life change or decisions need to be made to further assist your progress, a case planning meeting might be called. 16

18 Information about the home  Family Contact Every opportunity will be taken to encourage and maintain links with your family. Your family can visit the unit at any reasonable time. We would ask if you let staff know when they are coming just in case we are really busy and things are happening at the unit. Usually this isn’t a problem. Usually this isn’t a problem.17

19 Information about the home  Key worker Sessions You will be allocated a Key Worker when you have settled in at the unit. He/she will help and support you whilst you are with us. You will be allocated a Key Worker when you have settled in at the unit. He/she will help and support you whilst you are with us. Each week you and your key worker will have a 2 hour session to discuss your progress, worries or future plans. It is also a good opportunity to develop a positive and trusting relationship. You and your key worker might choose to do this around an activity or just go out for a drink. (Tea, Coffee or pop !!!) These sessions will be recorded in your file. 18

20 Information about the home  Staff will work in a non-judgemental way where discriminatory remarks of any kind are unacceptable and will be actively challenged and reported.  Sexism, racist attitudes and prejudices are actively challenged by staff at the unit in a sensitive and informative way.  Bullying in any shape or form is never acceptable and you will be supported by staff to deal with this.  Everyone has the right not to be discriminated against and the responsibility not to make discriminatory comments against others.  Everyone has the right to live free from verbal or physical intimidation or bullying and the responsibility not to bully or intimidate others.  Everyone has the right to be cared for according to their cultural identity and the responsibility to care for others in the same way. 19

21 Useful telephone numbers  My Social Workers name and tel: name and tel:  Complaints tel:  01709 382121  Residents tel: 20  Other useful numbers


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