The semi-independent house is staffed 24 hours a day. The level of support provided will be increased or decreased as required and in consultation with the placing authority to meet individual needs, especially for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as some may require additional 1:1 support.
Our staff team assesses and documents every aspect of the young person’s daily living to establish their level of independence and what areas require support to develop.
We use the “Getting Ready for Adult Life” programme (Published by Rainer, National Leaving Care Advisory Service and The Fostering Network).
We also encourage and support our residents in accessing employment, education and training.
Key-working sessions help young people build up skills in areas that require extra provision until a safe level of independence is achieved and young people can then be supported in the transition to their own home.
The transition will also include an introduction to our Outreach service.
There is no timescale for when a young person should be ready for his or her own home. This is done to ensure the young person is ready and prepared before taking this major step in their lives. Over this time, they will be set up with their own bank accounts, passport, benefits and anything else you would expect someone living independently to possess.
When young people are assessed as ready, staff will begin setting them up in their own homes. This will be a slow transition from semi-independence to a home of their choosing.
All young people will receive support with:
- Hygiene routines
- Maintaining a clean and safe living environment
- Food preparation and healthy eating
- Food and grocery shopping and budgeting
- Joining and attending leisure and health activities
- Accessing and registering with health services
- Healthy relationships and safe sexual health
- Education, training or employment
- Family contact
- Taking care of their emotional and mental health
- Religious and cultural needs/preferences
- Reducing substance and alcohol abuse
- Safety and self-harm reduction
- Appropriate conduct and behaviours/reduction of offending behaviour
- Managing emergencies
- Socialising and community integration
- Attending appointments
- Independence skills development
- Bill payments, banking, savings and money management
- Obtaining independent accommodation and accessing a tenancy
- Joining the housing register and support with bidding for council properties
- Self-esteem and confidence in order to reach their full potential
Our outreach service aims to provide individually-tailored support for those young people in their own homes when they progress into independent living.
This service is available to those young people who reside within our semi-independent house and those living in the community.
The service will also focus on care prevention by working with, and supporting families in difficulty.
We also offer our services to parents with the aim of educating and training those in need - where there are concerns with parenting and lifestyles - to prevent children being placed at risk.
This can include those residing within foster placements and semi-independent placements.
Our outreach-tailored support may include:
- Daily living skills
- Careers guidance
- Finance and benefits management
- Cooking and healthy eating
- Health and welfare
- Drugs and alcohol counselling
- Citizenship training
- Emotional support
- Anger management
- Support with attending appointments
- Parenting skills