Glebe House Children's Home is located on the North Yorkshire/ Lancashire border and is home to up to eight young people. Our home is ideally situated to provide easy access to a wide range of community facilities for each young person to explore so that they find a hobby and develop interests to become independent and confident individuals who grow and achieve success.
We provide a stable, holistic and nurturing home environment for our young people. To maximise their potential, dedicated support and guidance is tailored to each individual from our team of experienced and qualified staff, with extra input and support from our psychologists and therapists that attend the home on a regular basis.
We provide a complete 52 week wrap around care and work in partnership with Cedar House School, which is part of Witherslack Group.
Welcome to our home. We are an experienced staff team and will ensure the home you live in feels safe, warm and friendly. We will take the time to get to know you and to arrange activities that you like to do. You will have your own key worker who will be responsible for meeting with you on a regular basis, ensuring you are okay and have everything that you need.
At Glebe House, we see all the young people as individuals so we can make sure you get the right support. For example, if you like to spend time with staff when you are settling for bed, this is a good time to chat about your day, have a story read, play a quiet game or just watch a DVD.
You will have your own room with en-suite bathroom. Your key worker will help you to personalise it with your own belongings to make it feel as homely and comfortable as possible. When you first arrive, you will have some extra money to buy new things to help personalise it with posters, lamps and rugs, for example.
There are also lots of opportunities to earn extra rewards for being good and working towards your own goals, that you will sit down to talk about and agree with your key worker. We will encourage you to get involved in activities that you enjoy and have previosuly arranged for young people to be part of local football teams, to go horse riding, learn archery, attend Stunt School or just spend the day fishing, among a wide range of other activities.
Your opinion and ideas are really important to us. You will have the chance every week to let staff know what you would like to do and even the chance to pick your favourite meal.
Glebe House has a lovely big back garden with some raised beds so you can do some gardening. It also has a big trampoline. The football field is right next to the home so you can also play in there as well.
We will work hard to always ensure that your time with us is fun and positive.
For children who require 52 week care, we are proud to be able to provide them with a home environment that will give them the stability, support and encouragement they need. We offer an integrated package of high quality 52 week residential care and education, in conjunction with our schools, that consistently allows children to realise their potential, both academically and socially.
Each children’s home provides a superior group living experience within a welcoming and warm domestic setting. Young people have their own en-suite rooms and all homes are furnished and equipped to the highest of standards.
Our passionate, experienced and skilled staff team support each young person to develop their social and independence skills, which allows them to consistently achieve and develop. Additional support is available, as required, from our comprehensive team of therapeutic professionals.
All young people are supported in maintaining contact with parents/carers, family, friends and other significant people in their lives. The nature of this contact is determined by the young person’s Placement Plan and is agreed with the placing authority. We are able to negotiate additional support on an individual basis if required; for example, by facilitating attendance at meetings and providing supported travel.
Young people are actively encouraged and supported to participate in a range of activities which take into account their race, culture, language, religion, interests and abilities. Witherslack Group Children’s Homes strive to integrate the young people in our care into activities and groups within the local community. Young People develop their confidence and self-esteem from participation in activities they enjoy, learn how to use local amenities and have the opportunity to widen their social experiences by mixing with other young people outside of the home environment.
We believe that in order to maximise educational opportunities it is essential that teaching and care staff work co-operatively in an attempt to provide a meaningful and relevant 24 hour curriculum. Education is not limited merely to the classroom; education is a continuous process which occurs throughout the waking day. That is not to say that education can not be enjoyable or fun; there are many educational activities which occur naturally in our work with young people.
A simple trip to the shops is an excellent opportunity to practice skills in both numeracy and literacy. The use of money is an obvious example of supporting number work and encouraging young people to read signs and notices in shops also promotes social literacy. Many of these tasks are routinely completed, whilst others may need to be engineered in order to address specific deficit areas in a young person’s educational development.
We recognise the importance of staff working together co-operatively with care and teaching staff, who liaise on a regular basis. Key Workers have regular planned meetings with each young person’s teacher/tutor in order to review Individual Care and Education Plans (ICEPs). These close working relationships are designed to promote multi-disciplinary working and a consistent approach to the education and care of young people.
Through our approach to improving a young person’s social relationship skills, we recognise that social development cannot be separated from other learning experiences whether they be aesthetic, creative, moral, physical, spiritual, recreational, etc. Moreover, formal learning, social and leisure clubs, ad hoc activities, group work, and indeed all situations and environments within and external to the home are appropriate to enabling children and young people to improve their social skills.
We undertake a holistic baseline assessment during the first 6 weeks of placement to ensure our initial planning is correct and to take account of the response of the young person to our provision. This involves a multi-agency team of therapists, teachers, residential support staff and parents/carers. We use Conner’s Profiling, standardised English and Mathematics assessments and speech and language and psychological assessment. Where appropriate, we involve our clinical psychiatrist in this process. This gives reliable and comprehensive baseline assessment enabling us to accurately assess progress, progression and ‘value added’.
Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support to all young people is based on attachment principles. We believe that unless a young person is able to feel emotionally secure they are less likely to fulfil their personal, social and educational potential.
We have an extensive Clinical Team which is able to offer young people within our schools and children’s homes a truly personalised and comprehensive package of therapeutic support. Each of our children’s homes is supported by our own on-site therapists for a minimum of two days a week, with further support, as required, from our Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
Our unique approach to supporting young people allows us to achieve uniquely outstanding outcomes, which in turn enable our young people to go on and aspire and succeed in their futures.
In addition to children’s homes we also offer Integrated Therapeutic Learning Centres which provide an individualised approach to meeting a young person’s therapeutic, education and care needs. Young people attending the Integrated Therapeutic Provision live in the children’s homes, which are located on-site. There are close links between the home and the onsite learning centre to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved for each young person.
This fully integrated care, education and therapeutic provision consists of a children’s home and separate learning centre all on one site. The learning centres are staffed by a range of qualified Teachers and Teaching Assistants and offer the full national curriculum with highly personalised and structured educational support.