" Highly individualised care, consistently delivered by caring and committed staff, helps the children to settle quickly and make good progress. The anxieties of new children reduce when they move in, and trust in the staff soon begins to develop.
The relaxed and confident staff are attentive and develop a good understanding of the needs and vulnerabilities of the children. They are creative and inventive in the way that they communicate with children who have complex needs, including through the use of computer games and structured play with figurines. Staff use such methods to discuss difficult topics meaningfully and to prepare the children for important activities, such as medical appointments. This helps to equip children for their next steps and the challenges they will face as they grow up.
Staff work closely with parents, carers, and other professionals. One placing social worker commended staff for their dedication and creativity in the way that they individualise care and keep her well informed about the well-being and progress of the children.
The gathering and assessment of information about children before they move in is thorough. Their needs, risks and vulnerabilities are well understood. This helps staff to connect with the children and build positive relationships."
Ofsted Inspection - September 2021 - Full report available by request
Bromley Lodge provides a nurturing, and safe environment for children on the Autistic Spectrum and / or those who present with mild to severe Emotional, Behavioural and Communication difficulties. The staff team are provided with a high level of training to specialise the care we provide the children within the home.
The home provides an environment, specialised to meet the needs of the young people and is set up to adequately support them to develop at a pace they are comfortable with. The staff team provide the children with a secure base in which they can build the foundation of trusting relationships, this will also allow them to process the emotional and behavioural difficulties that have arisen from past trauma.
The staff team will provide a consistent and structured daily routine, using methods of communication that the children are familiar with. Staff provide the young people with a wide range of activities, that allow them to explore socials situations with other similar age and disability young people, as they build confidence they will be able to access a wider range of activities that they feel comfortable with. They environment is set up to meet sensory needs. This can be easily adopted to meet high or low arousal need as each child is unique and will require their individual needs met.
The overall ethos of Bromley Lodge is to ensure the children are provided with a warm and nurturing environment which provides more specialised care to meet the complex needs of the individual child. This will allow the young people to develop trusting relationships with the adults in the home which will support them to progress to their full potential with support from a staff team that fully understands how to meet their needs. The staff team will also work closely with families where appropriate, in order to build positive working relationships to provide the children with consistent care.
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.