"There is sound and trusted engagement between the staff and the children, which enables the children to make progress... The staff team has succeeded in establishing a culture of community in the home that provides the children with a sense of belonging and promotes their social development... The children display investment in the home and this is particularly reflected in the care and personalisation of their bedrooms... It is very unusual for children to go missing from the home; the frequency of significant incidents has declined substantially and the children say that they feel safe"
Ofsted Inspection - March 2018 - Full report available by request
Royal Oak House is registered to accommodate three young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Since 2009 we have primarily worked with young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties and these young people have gone on to make some exceptional progress in their personal development despite some complex needs and associated learning disabilities.
The home is situated in a largely residential village and is indistinguishable from other family homes and provides a homely environment which is both warm and friendly ensuring that the young people feel safe and secure.
The staff team have received a wide range of training courses to meet the variety of needs that the young people display. The young people benefit from the staff team at Royal Oak having strong links to support their educational and health needs which involves collaborative working with other agencies to ensure that the young people receive the most appropriate service.
We offer personalised care planning and identify clear strategies of support in meeting their complex needs.
The young people receive substantial support to prepare them for a successful transition into their adult life and this support is adapted to meet individual needs to enable each young person to take some responsibility and informed decisions for example using public transport or arranging routine health appointments.
At Royal Oak, the young people benefit from excellent levels of care and support from a dedicated staff team. It is evident that the supportive and warm relationships that exist between the young people and the staff team promote a nurturing environment that enhances the young person’s self-esteem and enables them to grow in confidence and recognises that they are valued and cared for.
The staff team understand the importance of encouraging the young people to take responsibility for their behaviour and decisions supporting them when they make poor choices. The staff team have a good understanding that any behaviour that the young people display is a form of communication and recognise that it invariably reflects their thoughts, feelings and needs. The staff team recognises that by building strong relationship between the young people and themselves contributes to a safe environment where they can express themselves knowing they will be helped and comforted if upset. There is a strong emphasis on inclusion and the young people are routinely involved in contributing to day to day decisions about their progress, which promotes a positive outlook and experience of being looked after and cared for.
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.