Lakeland House Children's Home provides a warm and welcoming home environment for up to seven children and young people. Located in North Lancashire, we are just a short drive from the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales where there are plenty of outdoor activities for our young people to experience and thrive.
Our home has a family atmosphere and is supported by a mix of experienced and qualified staff. Our team pride themselves on our very personal care for young people, which enables them to settle quickly and start to thrive in their new home.
We provide a complete 52 week wrap around care and are partnered with Cedar House School and Oversands School, which are part of Witherslack Group.
Welcome to Lakeland House. Since we opened in 2011, we have had lots of young people who have lived here and done really well with the help of the staff. I’m proud of the fact that our home is a really welcoming place and we do everything we can to ensure that when you live here you will come to view it as your home.
I am also really proud of the fact that it’s a happy place to live and work, and I am much more likely to hear the sounds of laughter than I am somebody being grumpy.
The staff here are from lots of different backgrounds and have lots of different skills to help you settle in. Many of the young people that have lived here in the past have had all sorts of problems, whether it is getting in trouble with their friends where they live, or not really liking school very much, and the staff will work with you to help you find ways to solve any problems you have. Lakeland House isn’t about us telling you what to do all the time, it’s about us helping you to solve problems and come up with ideas to help you to get things right.
Both our staff and the young people like to always be doing something fun and interesting. If it’s a rainy day (we have a few around here) the kids and staff that live and work here now particularly enjoy karaoke sessions, Just Dance, playing on one of the games consoles (Xbox or Playstation, we have both!), watching a movie lounging on one of the many beanbags or listening to music on YouTube .
When the sun is out we head to the garden and enjoy a BBQ chilling with some tunes in the background. We also like to get out on activity when the sun comes out. Energy Trampolining is a current favourite, but we love cycling, canoeing, golf, and a game of footy in the garden is always a great laugh, regardless of how good or bad you are. Whatever your interests in life, we will either have someone who can help you explore it and if not we’ll find someone who can.
I hope that this gives you an idea of Lakeland House. We are all about making the place feel like your home, like a place that is friendly, warm and filled with people who will genuinely care about you and try to help you for however long you need us to.
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, Mental Health Practitioners, 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.