The provision of quality accommodation offering comfort, homeliness, safety and privacy in a child centered environment.
The furnishings, décor, fixtures and fittings were accessed in consultation with young people who have experience of the ‘looked after’ system and their advice was sought in relation to, ‘what makes a home homely’ from a young person’s perspective.
ETHOS OF WELLESLEY TERRACE
The ethos of the home incorporates the following beliefs:
- That each child and young person should be viewed as an individual and that their views, attitudes and opinions respected.
- That children and young people are experts on themselves, therefore they should be actively involved in decision making about their lives.
- That children and young people make mistakes; experience, help and guidance will empower and enable.
- All practice and planning processes are focussed towards meeting
the ‘five outcomes’ of the ‘Every Child Matters ‘ strategy
currently being developed on a community based and national
ABOUT THE HOUSE
The house is situated in the Fenham area to the west of Newcastle. It is a large double fronted terraced building built in the 1930’s. The accommodation consists of three floors.
The ground floor comprises of two large living rooms. One of these areas is designed to be a traditional living room, complete with soft furnishings, TV and library.
The second lounge area, situated next to the kitchen is a less formal and more contemporary area, with a breakfast bar and dining facility for up to eight people.
A large utility area provides separate accommodation for laundry facilities and food storage. Just off the first lounge is a large room which has been designated as a staff administration area, allowing safe storage of sensitive and personal information and the necessary required recording systems as well as medications.
The first floor comprises of three bedrooms, along with two separate bathroom/shower facilities and a separate toilet.
On the second floor there is one large room which will be used for administration purposes and will ensure the safe storage of personal information and other personal effects.
Also on this floor there are two further bedrooms. All rooms have smoke detectors connected to a central system. Regulation fire doors are in place throughout.
The decor and furnishings within the home were selected following advice and input from a group of young people with first hand experience of the ‘looked after’ system who were ideally placed to offer advice as to what makes a home comfortable and welcoming from a young person’s perspective.
The house is ideally situated for all local amenities. There is a public park approximately 10 minutes away, and a thriving and diverse shopping area within easy reach of the home.
A sports facility offering a range of sporting activities lies a mere 15 minutes walk from the house, whilst excellent transport links into the city centre are accessible on the doorstep (a journey of no more than 10 minutes), where the children and young people can access a wide range of varied and stimulating activities including, swimming and sporting activities, bowling and cinemas etc.
A car will be available for use by the children and young people and this will facilitate access to more specialist interests in and around the region or further afield.
WE ARE IN THE FENHAM AREA
Wellesley Terrace is situated in the Fenham area of Newcastle. It is a large terraced house offering a safe, warm and comfortable environment for up to five children / young people of either sex, between the ages of 10 and 18 years.
Evolution Children’s Services recognises the need for appropriate, supportive staffing levels, not only in terms of health and safety requirements but also in relation to quality, purposeful, supportive and proactive childcare practices. With this in mind a team of twelve staff are employed at each home. These workers will be further supported by a manager and a deputy. Support will be provided on a 24/7 basis.
As a basic guide, there will always be a minimum of three staff on duty. This level of cover will be constant at the point of the children rising in the morning until bedtime. At all times staffing levels will be determined by individual support requirements of the children and young people in our care and can be increased accordingly by utilising staff from our relief pool of workers. All pool workers are subject to the same rigorous selection processes and are provided with the same levels of supervision and training as full time team members.
Staffing cover during the night will consist of one waking night support worker and one residential worker providing sleep in cover. Night time staff will also have access to an on call system which will be either the manager or deputy manager on a rotational basis. The relief pool workers will also be available to cover holiday and sickness leave.
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