"Staff have a good understanding of each child’s needs. This is developed through good use of regular time for each child with their individual key worker. The staff team advocates well for each child to ensure that they are able to access the specialist services that they need. This is effective, due to the positive working relationships that the team has developed with fellow professionals. Children attend the organisation’s schools, and staff work collaboratively with education staff to support the children’s learning.
The children’s emotional and psychological needs are supported effectively. There is a good understanding, within the staff team, of how children communicate their feelings through their behaviour. The home provides therapy for the children. When a child struggles to engage with this, the home is supported by specialist mental health services. This ensures that all children receive the support that they need to promote their psychological well-being. Staff understand the importance of children’s family relationships in supporting their emotional well-being.."
Ofsted Inspection - January 2019 - Full report available by request
Artillery House is registered to provide residential care to three boys aged between 8 and 18. However, we will restrict the age range appropriately at the time of each vacancy to ensure effective matching with the other young people sharing the home.
Artillery House is located close to Ramsgate's popular marina area, family beaches, parks and coastal paths, providing a range of local age appropriate amenities and activity opportunities for children and young people throughout the year.
The staff team at Artillery House are experienced in working with children and young people presenting with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) and adopt a positive re-parenting approach, focussing on the development of mutually trusting and respectful relationships, together with unconditional positive regard for the staff team and young people alike. The team have a developed understanding of behaviour being a form of communication and employ strategies to identify the underlying reasons for behaviour so that it can be modified accordingly.
Artillery House provides short, medium and long-term placements for children and young people, some of whom work towards successful transitions back to the family home or fostering environment, whilst others work towards developing sound independence skills in preparation for adulthood. No matter what goals are identified in individual care plans, the aim of the home is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children and young people can maximise their full potential.
The home is directly affiliated to both our DfE registered, specialist SEBD schools: The Davenport Primary School and The Old Priory Secondary School.
The respective school and the home work in close partnership to ensure continuity in respect of learning support, achieving developmental goals and behaviour management.
The Davenport School (Key Stage 2: 7-11yrs) offers a differentiated curriculum in order to meet the individual learning needs of each young person. The school operates with small group settings where children are closely supported and supervised by a qualified teacher and learning support assistants.
The Old Priory School (Key Stages 3 & 4: 11 – 16yrs) offers the national curriculum allowing for GCSE study in essential subject areas, alongside alternative, differentiated curriculums, including ASDAN and City & Guilds NPTC vocational awards, both of which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
Children and young people residing in our care have access to a range of assessment and therapy services including:
All therapy referrals are overseen by the organisation’s dedicated Therapy Services Manager in consultation with the allocated social worker and other key stakeholders as appropriate.
Our assessment and therapy services are an inclusive element of our residential care provision and attract no additional funding requirement.
In addition to our therapy services and panel of consultants, each of our homes have direct access to a health promotions worker and, in the event of any significant health concerns arising, oversight from a registered, dual diagnosis nurse. This ensures effective, professional guidance in respect of health profiling, together with the immediate and ongoing health needs of each individual child and young person placed in our care.