”Children experience high quality care which makes them feel valued and secure. Their life chances are improved because of the exceptional progress they make.
Interactions between children and staff are warm and nurturing. During the inspection children were enjoying their new garden equipment. Staff played alongside the children and there was much laughter. Staff were observed to be attentive to children's needs, and children responded positively.
Activities promote children s social and emotional development... A staff member explained that they deliberately go to a place which is local to the child s school so they can meet up
with their friends. This reflects the commitment of staff and managers to ensure
that children living in this home have the same experiences as other children.
Staff are adept at helping children manage change. Because of the progress they
have made at the home, one child is soon to begi n introductions to a foster family.
The manager recognise s the challenges they will face and has worked closely with
the placing authority to create a plan to give the child the support they will need.
This approach creates the best opportunity for the move to go smoothly.
Staff support children to engage in education, and achievements are celebrated."
Ofsted Inspection - June 2021 - 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.