Kyloe House secure children's home

Kyloe House secure children's home

Here you will find information for professionals, young people and parents or carers of Kyloe House secure children's home.

Welcome to Kyloe house

Welcome to Kyloe house

Kyloe House is a secure children’s home based near Morpeth in Northumberland, 16 miles north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

This website offers information for young people, parents, carers and professionals. Kyloe House is rated 'good' by Ofsted.

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General information about Kyloe House

Kyloe House is a secure children’s home based near Morpeth in Northumberland, 16 miles north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Kyloe House: rated 'good' by Ofsted
Picture of the outside of Kyloe houseKyloe House provides 12 secure placements to young people between the ages of 10 to 17 experiencing crisis in their lives and who have placed themselves, or others, at significant risk.

It is a national resource managed by Northumberland County Council, offering a specialist, value-for-money welfare bed service.

It offers a stable environment for young people to achieve positive wellbeing, gained through safe, consistent care and giving young people opportunities to develop to their full potential.
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Contact or find us
Kyloe House Secure Children’s Home
Netherton Park
Stannington
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 6DE

Registered manager: Julie Tinkler

Tel: 01670 785900

Email: kyloe.house@northumberland.gov.uk
Fax: 01670 785902

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Jobs at Kyloe House
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Kyloe House information for professionals

Find out about referring young people to Kyloe House, as well as information about the support and services the facility provides.

Ofsted key points

The children's home provision is good because:
 

  • There are high-quality relationships between staff and young people. Staff are excellent role models for young people. They provide good support and guidance and encourage positive social skills and behaviour, which form the foundations for the good-quality individualised work undertaken.
     

  • The overall quality of teaching, learning and assessment in education is good with some outstanding aspects. This leads to good progress by young people in improving their knowledge of English and mathematics and achieving their agreed learning goals.
     

  • Healthcare, including mental health care, is of a good quality, ensuring that young people’s needs are assessed, planned for and met.
     

  • Good-quality work is undertaken to help, guide and support young people to make progress and return to community living.
     

  • A stable, knowledgeable and well-led staff team is supported by managers who have high aspirations for young people.

 
Feedback
If you have a young person moving on from Kyloe House, please complete the online survey.

Kyloe House feedback survey
 

Feedback from parents and professionals:


Quality relationships:
A social worker stated that ‘One of the home’s strengths is the quality of the relationships they form with young people.’

They kept her safe:
The parents of a young person told an inspector, ‘They have kept her safe and helped her to change some of her views.’

Kyloe House is my go-to provider:
A team manager from a placing authority commented, ‘Kyloe House is one of my go-to providers. I always feel confident when working with them. I recommend the placement to others.’

 

Working in partnership:
Identifying need, developing plans, case management and working towards transition are areas that are well coordinated. Young people benefit from receiving a multi-agency approach to their care. A team manager commented, ‘They are very receptive to joint working programmes’
Make a referral
To request a place at Kyloe House for a young person you are working with, please complete the Kyloe House referral form. The form includes guidance notes but if you have any questions, please contact us on 01670 758900.

Kyloe House referral form

For further information, download our notes for placing social workers guide.
 
Bed availability
No current availability.
Why young people stay with us
Young people join us at Kyloe House for many reasons:
  • challenging and/or criminal behaviour
  • family breakdown
  • risks to themselves and others
  • remanded by the courts to reside in secure accommodation
  • actual abuse or serious risk of abuse
  • absconding and placing self and others at risk
Young people are placed in a secure home under the Children Act 1989, Section 25 or section 70 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The young people may also be, or have been, the subject of a:
  • care order
  • interim care order
  • emergency protection order
  • child assessment order
  • remand
Many young people have experienced rejection, significant loss or change. Some may have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Kyloe House’s staff have the skills to engage with young people through their understanding of child development and relationship skills.
Accommodation & facilities
Kyloe House was purpose-built in 1997 and is set in a rural location in well-maintained grounds. The home creates a caring environment within the parameters of a secure home. The décor and furnishings are kept to a high standard through a child-centred planned maintenance programme.

All bedrooms are single occupancy with an en-suite bathroom and quality, built-in bedroom furniture incorporating a study area for young people.

There is a large, well-furnished living space, a smaller relaxation lounge, bathroom and toilet facilities, and a unit kitchen for food preparation when risk assessment allows.

Otherwise, the main kitchen provides a high standard of food. There is access to a yard with a well-established garden on each unit. Each unit has adequate staff sleeping-in and office areas.

Kyloe House has an excellent range of facilities to help support and develop young people:
  • fitness suite
  • multi-media and music centre
  • sports hall and climbing wall
Education from Kyloe House School
The Ofsted ‘good’ rated team consists of six full-time teachers, including a head of education, deputy head and supporting daily care staff.

We provide individualised education programmes for each young person, which is broad, balanced and differentiated according to age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs.

Young people can access:
  • the National Curriculum
  • a range of appropriate externally accredited qualifications, including GCSEs.
  • vocational education provision is offered when appropriate, including practical work experience whenever possible
  • careers advice and guidance
The curriculum is supported by high-quality teaching materials. Each young person’s general progress and wellbeing is promoted by teaching staff through:
  • guidance and advice on education, social and careers matters
  • recording and reporting the personal and social needs of the young person
  • communication and co-operation with people and/or bodies outside the establishment
  • participating in meetings arranged for any of the above
Full educational assessments will be provided for anyone admitted to Kyloe House, together with a report on educational progress and attendance as required for reviews and case conferences.

The school and care team work together and are committed to raising the achievements of young people and improving their life chances. Dedicated care staff support in classrooms during the educational day.

Special educational needs (SEN)
Young people with statements will have their arrangements reviewed in accordance with the SEN code of practice. Appropriate arrangements will be made by the Northumberland local education agency (LEA) when a young person without a statement needs an assessment before leaving Kyloe House.
Group work & activities
Kyloe House provides activities and educational-based work in many areas. The following is a list of some of the groups regularly taking place. The team is proactive in setting up new groups and activities based on young people's interests:
  • Go Girls and Boys’ Own (raising young people’s self-esteem)
  • art club
  • hockey club
  • debate club
  • offending behaviour group
  • knife crime group
  • gardening club
  • sessions run by local fire and rescue service
  • knife crime sessions facilitated by local police
  • team building activities and projects
After school hours, the care team provides an evening plan incorporating group and 1:1 sessions. Smaller activities are organised to help improve young people’s group living skills. Activities are monitored monthly to make sure there is lots of variety and all our young people are encourage to get involved. Popular activities include:
  • treasure hunt
  • Deal or No Deal
  • quizzes
  • projector art
  • glass painting
  • cones (a football-based game created by current residents)
Young people have the opportunity to work towards a young sports leader award that enables them to gain skills and a certificate in sports coaching.

Kyloe also houses a state-of-the-art gym climbing wall, where they can experience physical and mental benefits from climbing. They also learn to support their peers, build trust and care for equipment.
Specialist support services provided
Transitions
We believe the transition from secure care back into an open setting is a crucial part of a young person’s care plan. Therefore, we offer a comprehensive mobility package where secure criteria can be ‘tested’ and young people can be re-integrated into society.

It’s fully risk assessed and supported by Kyloe House staff and has proven a successful and important tool. Details will be discussed at each young person’s post admission meeting.

Health
We offer a full health assessment for all young people, including an assessment on admission carried out by our school nurse. We have long-standing working arrangements with many local health facilities to ensure young people receive treatment, including:
  • referral to the local GP (where all young people are temporarily registered) is arranged if necessary
  • dental check-ups and treatment
  • eye and hearing tests
  • pregnancy support with excellent links to local maternity facilities
Wellbeing
The team is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young people in a variety of ways.

New resident psychological screening
Every young person receives a psychological screening from the forensic mental health service, which helps us understand how we can best work with each individual. It includes recommendations for further assessment to the placing authority, which may choose to seek further assessment. The team visits twice a week so staff and young people can use the facility at various stages of a young person’s stay.

Dedicated link-work team
Each young person is allocated a link-work team. This team is responsible for delivering work that has been identified by the placing authority. The work aims to reduce risk taking and increase self-esteem.

Ongoing staff wellbeing focused training
Staff have been trained to support the emotional health and wellbeing of looked-after young people, promoting positive mental health and high self-esteem.

Relationships
We believe sex and relationship education (SRE) is crucial for young people coming into secure accommodation. Support for sexual health and relationship issues is available for all residents. An SRE programme runs regularly in Kyloe School and we have specifically trained staff who can discuss issues with young people.

We also support visits to a local 1:1 clinic and have facilities in Kyloe House to treat some of these issues on site.

SORTED! Drug and alcohol education
Locally based SORTED! offer all young people at Kyloe an educational needs assessment followed by tailored intervention. Each session held is documented and sent to Kyloe House, enabling progress to be monitored. This includes tier two work where more specific intervention is required. SORTED! also run the ‘R U Thinking’ sex and relationships course on a regular basis in Kyloe House school.
 
Participation

Life skills
All young people develop important life skills during their stay at Kyloe House through education and our links with our vocational training partners. The team encourage independent living skills development and promote positive group living.

Care and service planning
We support young people to participate in their care planning and to express their views maturely. Meetings are held weekly where young people are encouraged to contribute to the unit and how it functions.

Staff recruitment
Many young people have the opportunity to be involved in staff recruitment as the young person’s panel is an important feature of Northumberland County Council’s recruitment process.

Support for the placing local authority
The team aim to support the placing authority by hosting all required meetings, including a monthly action planning meeting. Our support is underpinned by the following meetings:
  • post-admission meeting (up to 48 hours after admission)
  • secure accommodation review (28 days after admission)
  • looked-after child review
  • action planning meeting (monthly)
The team and our partners
The Prince’s Trust
We work in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to deliver the XL club. The XL club is an informal initiative promoting educational achievement to young people who may have experienced barriers to success.

We have two XL advisors providing residents with opportunities to succeed and gain recognition for their skills. The group uses initiative and group work-based sessions to build up qualifications such as ASDAN awards.

We have been praised for having the highest standards of work and some of our residents have achieved gold awards and continued to excel beyond this. 

Local authority designated officer (LADO)
The role of the LADO is set out in the HM Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). The Northumberland Safeguarding Children’s Board (NSCB) has procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children, for example, those in a position of trust.

The LADO works within children’s services and is alerted to all cases where it is alleged a person who works with children has:
  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against children
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they are unsuitable to work with children
Click here for further information about the LADO.

Independent reviewing officer (IRO)
The IRO has a key role in improving care planning for looked after children. They also challenge delays in a child’s care plan which would have a negative impact on their life. 

Regulation 33 visits are carried out on a monthly basis. These are undertaken to assure Ofsted and ourselves that the young people living in our care are receiving good levels of care which maximise their outcomes in life. Participation
Our participation and advocacy officer, Robin Craig, is available for looked-after young people who need advice, support or information. Young people can also express their views about the services.

Email Robin.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk or call 07785 573426.

Other supporting organisations
Young people staying in Kyloe House benefit from a number of agreements with outside agencies. We have worked with the following agencies:
  • Army Careers
  • Hang aerial dance – Dance City
  • Them Wifies
  • Barnardos
  • Youth for Christ
  • Gibber Drama Group
  • The Bruvvers Theatre Group
  • Prison Service
  • Youth offending teams
  • Positive Futures (Sports coaching)
  • North East forensic mental health unit
  • Teenage pregnancy unit
  • Youth Justice Board
  • Artstone project
  • Teen Talk
  • Ambulance Service
  • Reflex - exist to empower children, young people and young adults to break the cycle of offending and reoffending.
  • The Kolvin Unit – A forensic service for young people with mental health difficulties and offending behaviour.
  • The Children’s Commissioner 
Visions & values
We aim to provide residential care in a stable environment which supports young people.

Our visions and values are:
  • to deliver the service through a diverse, caring and skilled staff team
  • to offer opportunities for young people to access external services supporting their health, social and educational needs
  • to provide a positive group living experience, allowing young people to develop relationship-building skills and social skills
  • to enable a return home or to develop skills for the young person to have accommodation choices in the future
  • to work alongside families, education, health, youth justice and other agencies involved with the young person to gain an understanding of their needs and plan for appropriate intervention
  • to provide clear care plans for young people throughout their stay in conjunction with their social worker and family
  • to actively involve the young person in their care planning process
  • to act as ‘good parents’ during the young person’s stay
  • to provide a quality and best value service within the expected standards and regulations, as required by our various monitoring bodies including NCC, Ofsted and YJB
At the base of our vision and values, we understand although a young person’s right to liberty has temporarily been restricted, the young person’s rights to choice, privacy, independence, respect, dignity, partnership and liberty remain.

Empowering their sense and understanding of responsibility is an important part of their stay.

Young people staying at Kyloe House

This is a guide for young people, with information on all the support and facilities available to you at Kyloe House.

Young people's ‘moving on survey’
If you are a young person moving on from Kyloe House, please complete the online survey.

Welcome to Kyloe House
We would like to offer you a warm welcome to Kyloe House.

We know you may be anxious about being admitted to Kyloe House but it is not a prison, it's a children’s home and staff don’t wear uniforms. Our role is to look after you and positively support you through this challenging period. You’ll meet young people from different backgrounds and cultures at Kyloe House and will be treated equally and cared for.

Kyloe House has two units, one called Willow and one called Alder. Each has six bedsits and there’s no more than six young people on each unit. You’ll have a bedroom of your own with an en-suite bathroom. You’ll meet lots of staff on the unit who support and help to care for you.

We have a school, which will hopefully enable you to access future employment or training opportunities when you leave us. Learning is a very important part of living at Kyloe House and we aim to make learning fun and interesting for everyone. We believe learning to work together, have discussions and live as a group is just as important as learning for paper qualifications.

You will have many opportunities to do lots of different activities, including a school size gym which can be used for football and other sports, a cardio gym with state-of-the-art equipment and an indoor climbing wall. There is also a garden, play area and all-weather pitch on each unit and a media suite, where you can create your own music and film.

There will also be a TV in your room, PlayStations, CD Players, DVDs and more, so there’s no chance of being bored.

You may have concerns about why you or other young people have come to Kyloe House. Whatever the reason, we’ll look after you and keep you safe. Lastly, we would just like to say we hope to make your stay with us as positive as we can.
What young people have said about Kyloe House

Kyloe House was great for me:

 

One young person summed up the feelings of a number of others when saying, ‘This place has been great for me. It’s helped me think about what I was doing before I came here, which was not good.’


 

Kyloe House was the best thing to happen to her:
A discussion between an inspector and parents, who said, ‘This has been the best thing that could have happened to her. The staff have been great. The work on a whole range of issues has made her think about the life she was living before she came here.’


 

They helped me turn my life around:
“I arrived at Kyloe House with a drug addiction. They have helped me to turn my life around. Soon I will be going back to my mum’s but I’m not worried about leaving as the staff really helped give me confidence.”

 

I feel like I belong somewhere:
“Over time, when I began to trust my key workers, I started to develop a sense of self-worth and a feeling as if I belonged somewhere.”

 
Visits
People who are important to you and who are safe can visit you. We’ll talk to you and your social worker about who and when they can visit.

Ideally, visits from family/carers, friends and other significant people should be made when school has finished or at weekends. However, they can also happen on ‘special occasions.’

Visits should only be for one hour, because we have 12 young people to plan for. However, arrangements can be made for a longer visit if needed, especially when people are travelling a long distance.

Generally, all visits should end at 9pm, because we have to help all the young people to settle and prepare for bed time.
More about Kyloe House School
You’ll have your own dedicated school, which has six full-time teachers, including a head of education, deputy head and supporting daily care staff.

You’ll have your own individual education programme and will have the opportunity to access:
  • the national curriculum, including the national specification for learning and skills and the national qualifications framework
  • a range of suitable external qualifications
  • job-based education, when part of your individual plan, including practical work experience whenever possible
  • careers advice and guidance.
Kyloe House School, like the rest of the home, is a modern, safe and secure environment, where you are supported with high-quality teaching materials. Within the curriculum, your general progress and wellbeing is promoted by teaching staff through:
  • guidance and advice on education, social and careers matters
  • recording and reporting your personal and social needs
  • communication and co-operation with persons and bodies outside Kyloe House
You are invited to participate in meetings arranged for any of the above.

When you arrive, the team will run through a full educational assessment with you. The team provides ongoing progress reports on your education and attendance and, as required, for reviews and case conferences with your social worker.

The team wants to help you continue any schooling you’ve already begun to open up your options for further education and work-based training. This approach helps you succeed in your chosen field and interests when you move on from Kyloe House.
Group work & activities
We provide activities and educational-based work in many areas. The following is a list of some of the groups that regularly take place:
  • drama group
  • Go Girls and Boys’ Own – groups to help raise your self-esteem
  • model club - building and painting
  • art club
  • offending behaviour group
  • gardening club
  • sessions run by local fire and rescue service
  • knife crime sessions ran by the local police
  • Positive Futures sports coaching
  • music group
The team are very proactive in setting up new groups based on your interests.

After school hours, smaller activities are also organised. Popular activities at the moment include:
  • treasure hunt
  • Deal or No Deal
  • quizzes
  • projector art
  • glass painting
  • cones (a football-based game created by current residents)
You’ll also have the opportunity to work towards a young sports leader award, enabling you to gain skills and a certificate in sports coaching.
Staff & linkworkers
Many people work in Kyloe. We have a service manager, one registered manager and three assistant managers. There are two units, each with 20 members of care staff.

We also have dedicated staff working in the control room (control officers) and administration staff. These teams support the care team in managing your stay, including your pocket money and Kyloe credits.

There are five teachers at Kyloe House who teach many different subjects. Your teachers will also attend your review meetings and will, if invited by you, occasionally attend lunch on your unit.

There’s a domestic worker allocated to each unit who, alongside you and the other staff, help keep the unit clean and tidy. We also have the catering team who provide us with lovely food. The chef visits the unit and speaks with the group to see what foods everyone likes.

The site manager and building assistant ensure all repairs are completed and the building maintenance runs smoothly. We also have staff on duty during the night, just in case you need assistance.

While at Kyloe House, two members of the care staff will become your link workers. We will try to ensure one of the link workers will be the same gender as you, if appropriate. The link workers will work closely with you, your family/carers and social worker/YOT worker to ensure your care/placement plan is drawn up and the work is carried out to help you move on.

This work is called ‘individual programme’ (IP work) and it will focus on ways of helping you with some of the difficulties you may have been experiencing. You will also have a Kyloe House case co-ordinator, who will be one of the senior staff.

The Kyloe House case co-ordinator will ensure your placement plan is being managed and ensure Kyloe House is doing its best for you.

There will be lots of things you will want to know about Kyloe House. Some will be more important than others, but we will try to answer all your questions. All the staff are here to help and care for you.

Information for parents & carers

Find out more about Kyloe House, and the facillities and support available to your child.

Feedback survey
If your child is moving on from Kyloe House, please complete our online survey
Kyloe House family feedback survey

Below is a guide for parents and carers of any young people who are staying with us in Kyloe House.

Why young people stay with us
There are many reasons why your child may join us at Kyloe House:
  • challenging or criminal behaviour
  • family breakdown
  • risks to themselves or others
  • remanded by the courts to reside in secure accommodation
  • actual abuse or serious risk of abuse
  • absconding and placing themselves or others at risk
The courts make the decision to place your child in a secure home. The laws they work with are the Children Act 1989, section 25 or section 70 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. Your child may also be, or have been, the subject of a:
  • care order
  • interim care order
  • emergency protection order
  • child assessment order
  • remand
Many young people could have experiences of rejection, significant loss or change. Some may have suffered some emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Our team has the skills and empathy to help and support your child throughout their time in Kyloe House.
Accommodation & facilities
Kyloe House was purpose-built in 1997 and is set in a rural location within well-maintained grounds. The home strives to create a caring environment within the parameters of a secure home. The décor and furnishings are kept to a high standard through a child-centred planned maintenance programme.

All bedrooms are single occupancy with an en-suite bathroom and built-in bedroom furniture with a study area for your child.

There is a large, well-furnished lounge area, a smaller relaxation lounge, bathroom and toilet facilities and a yard and garden. There’s unit kitchen for food preparation where risk assessment allows it, otherwise the main kitchen provides food to a very high standard. Each unit has adequate staff sleeping-in and office areas.

Kyloe House has an excellent range of facilities to support and develop young people.

Fitness suite
The fitness suite features modern cardiovascular equipment and complements the already well-used sports facilities.

Media centre
The media centre houses state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, as well as editing stations to allow your child to be creative in music, drama and production.

Sports hall and climbing wall
Keeping fit is a key part of our health and wellbeing focus. Your child will have the opportunity to work towards a young sports leader award, enabling them to gain skills and a certificate in sports coaching.

Your child can gain physical and mental benefits by using the full-sized climbing wall with a qualified instructor. They also learn to support their peers, build trust and care for equipment.
Kyloe House School
Your child will have their own dedicated school house. The school has six full-time teachers including a head of education, deputy head and supporting daily care staff. They will have their own individual education programme to suit their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs.

They will have the opportunity to access:
  • the national curriculum, including the national specification for learning and skills and the national qualifications framework
  • a range of suitable external qualifications
  • Job-based education, when part of their individual plan, including practical work experience where possible
  • careers advice and guidance
Kyloe House’s school is a modern, safe and secure learning environment with high-quality teaching materials. Within the curriculum, your child’s general progress and wellbeing is promoted by teaching staff through:
  • guidance and advice on education, social and careers matters
  • recording and reporting on their personal and social needs
  • communication and co-operation with persons and/or bodies outside of Kyloe House
Your child is invited to participate in meetings arranged for any of the above.

When your child arrives, the team will run through a full educational assessment with them. The team provides them with ongoing progress reports on their education and attendance and, as required, for reviews and case conferences with their social worker.

The team wants to help your child continue any schooling they have already begun, while opening up their options for further education and work-based training. This helps your child to succeed in their chosen field and interests when they move on.

Special educational needs (SEN)
If your child holds or requires an assessment for an SEN statement, the team will review what they need from Kyloe House School.

Group work and activities
Kyloe House provides activities and educational-based work in many areas. The following is a list of some of the groups that regularly take place at Kyloe House. The team is proactive in setting up new groups and activities based on the young people's interests:
  • drama group
  • Go Girls and Boys’ Own - raising young people’s self-esteem
  • art club
  • debate club
  • offending behaviour group
  • gardening club
  • sessions run by local fire and rescue service
  • knife crime sessions ran by the local police
  • Positive Futures sports coaching
  • music group
After school hours, the care team provides an evening plan incorporating group and 1:1 sessions. Smaller activities are organised to help improve group living skills. Activities are monitored monthly to ensure variation and your child is encouraged to take part. Popular activities at the moment include:
  • treasure hunt
  • Deal or No Deal
  • quizzes
  • projector art
  • glass painting
  • cones (a football-based game created by current residents)
Your child will also have the opportunity to work towards a young sports leader award, enabling them to gain skills and a certificate in sports coaching.

Kyloe also houses a state-of-the-art gym climbing wall, where your child can feel the physical and mental benefits of climbing with a qualified instructor.
Specialist services provided
Transitions - moving on from Kyloe House
We believe the move from secure care back into an open setting is a crucial part of your child's care plan. As such, we offer a mobility package to help your child integrate into their new home. This package is fully risk assessed and supported by Kyloe House staff and has proven successful for young people.

Health
We offer a full health assessment for your child, including a health assessment carried out by our school nurse on admission. We work with many local health services to ensure your child receives the treatment and care they need, including:
  • referral to the local GP (where they will be temporarily registered) if necessary
  • dental check-up and treatments
  • eye and hearing tests
  • pregnancy support, with excellent links to local maternity facilities
Wellbeing
The team is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young people. We do this in a variety of ways.

Psychological assessment
On admission, every young person receives a psychological screening. This helps us understand how we can work best with your child.

It includes recommendations for further assessment to your child and their social worker, who may choose to seek further assessment. They will have access to ongoing psychological support throughout their stay.

Dedicated support team
Each young person placed is allocated a 'link-work' team. This is a dedicated team working with your child throughout their stay, monitoring their emotional and physical health.

Group exercises
Group work is also used to help explore specific areas related to your child's wellbeing, like gender and self-esteem issues.

Relationships
We believe sex and relationship education (SRE) is important for young people coming into secure accommodation. An SRE programme runs regularly in our school and we have specifically trained staff who can discuss issues such as pregnancy decision making and contraception. We support visits to a local 1:1 clinic which can provide health checks, information and future planning.

SORTED! drug and alcohol education
SORTED! offer all young people at Kyloe an educational needs assessment followed by tailored intervention, in order to help them with any drug and alcohol issues.

Participation

Life skills
We want to enable all young people to develop important life skills during their stay. This is done via education and with our links with our vocational training partners. The team also encourage independent living skills development and promote positive group living.

Care and service planning
Your child is supported to participate in planning their care. Meetings are held weekly, where they are encouraged to contribute to the home and how it functions.

Staff recruitment
Many young people have the opportunity to be involved in staff recruitment, as the young person’s panel is an important feature of Northumberland County Council’s recruitment process for children’s services.

Regular review with your child's social worker
The team host regular meetings, including a monthly action planning meeting, with your child's social worker. We pride ourselves on communicating positively with your child's social worker to help your child succeed.
The team & our partners
The Prince’s Trust
Kyloe works in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to deliver the XL club. The XL club is an informative initiative promoting educational achievement to young people who may have been experiencing barriers to success.

We have two XL advisors providing residents with opportunities to succeed and gain recognition for their skills. The group uses initiative and group work-based sessions to build up qualifications such as ASDAN awards.

The team is proud to be part of such a positive organisation and have seen numerous success stories. Some of our residents have achieved gold awards and continued to excel beyond this.

One of our residents won the Prince’s Trust celebrating success awards in the North East, while another was nominated as a finalist.

Local authority designated officer (LADO)
The LADO’s role is set out in the HM Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). The NSCB has procedures for managing allegations against people working with children, for example, those in a position of trust.

The LADO works within children’s services and should be alerted to all cases where it is alleged a person working with children has:
  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children
Click here for further information about the LADO.

Independent reviewing officer (IRO)
The IRO is key in improving the care planning for children looked-after (CLA) and for challenging drift and delay. Monthly regulation 33 visits are carried out, undertaken to being able to assure Ofsted, and ourselves, that the young people living in our care receive good levels of care. Participation
Our participation and advocacy officer, Robin Craig, is available for looked after young people who need advice, support or information. Young people can also express their views about the services they receive.
Email Robin.Craig@northumberland.gov.uk or call 07785 573426.

Agencies we have worked with
Young people staying in Kyloe House benefit from a number of agreements with outside agencies. The agreements provide a diverse pool of resources for each young person placed. Here are some of the agencies we have worked with:
  • Army Careers
  • Hang aerial dance – Dance City
  • Them Wifies
  • Barnardos
  • Youth for Christ
  • Gibber Drama Group
  • The Bruvvers Theatre Group
  • Prison Service
  • Youth offending teams
  • North East forensic mental health unit
  • Teenage pregnancy unit
  • Youth Justice Board
  • Teen Talk
  • Reflex - exist to empower children, young people and young adults to break the cycle of offending and reoffending
  • Community Forensics Children and Young People Service (CFCYPS) – a forensic service for young people with mental health difficulties and offending behaviour
  • The Children’s Commissioner 
Visions & values
Kyloe House employ staff who care and are trained on an ongoing basis to provide a stable environment, which supports your child with their individual rights and needs while encouraging them to make positive choices.

The Kyloe House team work on the basis that although your child's right to liberty has temporarily been restricted, their rights to choice, privacy, independence, respect, dignity, partnership and liberty remain. Empowering your child's sense and understanding of responsibility is an important part of their stay.