“Young people enjoy positive relationships with staff, who have a good understanding of their needs. The small staff team attains good, cohesive working, meaning that young people know what is expected of them, and who is caring for them…. Young people’s plans are clear and fluid documents… Staff support young people who have specific health conditions to be as independent as possible. They have had relevant training which ensures that they know how to respond if the condition deteriorates. … Young people’s emotional well-being is paramount. Regular reviews with the organisation’s therapy coordinator ensures that young people are receiving the most effective therapy to meet their needs.”
Ofsted Inspection - October 2017 - Full report available by request
Durham House is located in the Palm Bay area of Margate within a 5-minute walk of family beaches, cycle paths and stretching cliff top lawns. Margate provides the range of amenities associated with forward thinking towns and offers an abundance of open spaces utilised for sport, leisure and recreation. Following considerable investment in the town, Margate is quickly becoming recognised as a centre of excellence for art and culture.
The young people residing at Durham House engage in a 24-hour curriculum designed to promote resilience, self-identity and independence. The home provides a safe, structured and consistent environment where each young person has a individualised placement plan tailored to meet their specific needs.
The manager and staff team endorse an inclusive, supportive ethos and through positive interaction and appropriate role modelling develop trusting relationships with the children and young people they care for. As a consequence, mutually respectful relationships develop between young people and the staff team which emulates, as closely as possible, a close knit family environment.
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 AQA. In addition, young people can study towards City & Guilds NPTC vocational awards in a range of work related subjects, including: building trades, vehicle maintenance, craft skills, art and design, design and technology and horticulture.
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.