"The home is managed exceptionally well by a dedicated and committed manager. She leads by example, showing authentic warmth and care for the children. This permeates throughout the culture in the home. Consequently, the children benefit from living in a well-organised home which is strongly led... The staff invest their time with the children and enjoy spending time with them. As a result, the children experience positive and nurturing relationships. This improves their self-esteem and their emotional well-being... The staff provide clear, consistent and appropriate boundaries for the children. The staff listen carefully to the children and help them to understand why it is not always possible to act on their wishes. Consequently, children accept the high levels of adult supervision that is in place for their safety"
Ofsted Inspection - December 2018 - Full report available by request
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.
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.