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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)