Woodlands Children's Home provides up to seven children and young people with a nurturing home environment with excellent access to community facilities and activities to cover a range of interests. Our staff team work together to provide opportunities and experiences for each young person to achieve their ambitions and reach their personal goals.
Woodlands Children’s Home provides a caring, environment with a wonderful staff team who are friendly, welcoming and have a wealth of experience to support the young people. We provide our children and young people with opportunities to grow and develop into independent individuals who make a positive contribution to our community.
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.
My staff team and I would like to welcome you to Woodlands and look forward to seeing you settle in and enjoy living in this lovely warm home. It is a very nice happy place to live and work, with lots of laughter, fun and lots of friendly faces to help you.
We are a children’s home that can look after up to seven children and young people. We have been open since 2009 and we have seen lots of children and young people do really well with the support and help of great staff team, and they have gone on to achieve amazing things in their time at Woodlands.
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.
I am very proud of the wonderful staff team who come from lots of different backgrounds and have lots of skills to help children and young people settle in and do well at Woodlands. The staff team are fair with everyone and always provide the best level of support to make sure you progress well and go on to achieve fantastic things in the home, school and the local community. We can help with all sort of problems such as not liking school very much, not getting on very well with other people, finding it tough to mix with others. Many of the children and young people at Woodlands have or are doing very well at school and have joined local clubs, such as football and rugby teams, stunt school, dancing schools and scouts. That is just a few fun things we can do at the home.
We have also been on some great holidays to Spain, Wales and Scotland. We have lots of fun, exciting activities during the weekends and school holidays too. Woodlands is a friendly, safe home with amazing opportunities and the chance to experience new things and excel in life with wonderful support from a caring staff team.
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.