Lochaber Lodge

Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (Girls)

  • Registered: 2006
  • Registered Places: 5
  • Age Group: 8-16
  • Gender: Girls
  • DfE Education: Yes
  • Assessment/Therapy: Yes
  • Step Down Placements: Yes
  • Staff Ratio: 3:5

Lochaber Lodge - A 'Good' Children's Home with 'Outstanding' Features

 

" Children experience well planned care from staff who are committed to building and to maintaining positive relationships with them. This makes children feel secure and cared for which enables them to make good progress.

 

Proactive steps are taken to involve children's families in care planning. During the
inspection, the registered manager contacted the parent of a child who had recently
moved into the home. Much of the discussion focused on the child s cultural needs .
The registered manager explained that having this level of detail would enable the
staff to support the child to explore their identity at a pace they were comfortable
with. A family member of another child spoke very positively to the inspector about
being able to contribute to decisions about how the child is cared for now and to
plans for their future. Continuity of care is promoted by working in partnership with
people who are important to children...
 
Unplanned endings are rare.... One child who has recently left the home in a planned way contacted the home during the inspection and said "You all taught me so many things that I needed to know. You helped me grow into who I am today." The relationships the child built with the staff team were significant in supporting them to overcome their traumatic early life experiences"
 

Ofsted Inspection - July 2021 - Full report available by request

Residential Care

Lochaber Lodge is a nurturing and homely environment for children that may have emotional, behavioural and mild learning difficulties.

 

Children and young people come to reside in the home for a number of reasons, some of which are due to early child hood experiences which may have had an effect on their ability to form attachments and to recognise and understand their own emotions.

 

Lochaber Lodge ensures a safe, structured environment where the staff team are able to support the young people to explore their feelings and behaviours as well as their past experiences.

 

The staff team aim to develop professional, parental relationships with the children, affording the children nurture, support and the tools to develop and utilise positive life skills, both within the home and for their future independence.

 

The home aims to provide the level of consistency and structure necessary to create a warm, caring and safe environment for the children at Lochaber Lodge. The staff team provide a positive parenting approach to the children, with boundaries and expectations designed to represent a traditional “family home”.

To support and develop relationships within the home, it is paramount that the children’s primary needs are met. There is a great emphasis in the home for the staff team to think in a psychological and reflective way in order to have a thorough understanding of the behaviours that are, or may be presented. By using this approach, together with the development of trusting relationships, we can support and guide children to express their emotions in appropriate, constructive and socially acceptable ways.

Education

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.

Assessment & Therapy

Children and young people residing in our care have access to a range of assessment and therapy services including:

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy

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.

Health Support

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.

Statement of Purpose

Lochaber Lodge | Statement of Purpose
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