- Age Range: 7-11 on admission
- Capacity: 1
- Gender: Male or Female
- Length: No less than six months
- Location: Weymouth
Osmington House is a warm, caring home with staff genuinely committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, holding them at the heart of all that they do.
The home is designed for children and young people who may otherwise be facing a future in a secure setting. This solo service is staffed by highly trained professionals who are dedicated to ensuring children are cared for in a family-type setting, giving them an opportunity to reach their full potential.
We offer an integrated, planned care package that is bespoke and tailored to meet the needs of each child, offering a safe, caring home-life, along with education and clinical support for the team. The goal of every professional involved is to support children to overcome their past experiences and related behaviours by providing an environment where they feel valued and can thrive in a nurturing home.
“I have become a better person than I would have been, so I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me.”
Young person, 2018
The whole team around the child is trained to understand, and work with, trauma and the negative experiences that can follow. This specialised training for all staff is based on a therapeutic model with an understanding and knowledge around child development, trauma, attachment and neuroscience. This positions the team to understand how best to support individual children and help them to understand their emotions and behaviours. The team also draws on their own skills and the use of role-modelling, along with a more directive approach of teaching new ways of managing emotions/behaviours and relating to others.
“Staff help the child to learn how to manage his emotions and control his anxiety. As a result, serious incidents of aggression, violence and restraint have significantly reduced since he first moved in.”
Ofsted, June 2017
The team is empathetic while maintaining important boundaries to ensure a feeling of safety. Our positive, can-do attitude does not dismiss a child’s previous experiences; rather, we listen and emotionally ‘hold’ the child so new possibilities become reachable, promoting hope and change. The team continually assesses their own work during a fortnightly team meeting and clinical sessions. During these meetings staff discuss the child’s emotional/physical and behavioural needs, the progress made, what’s working and what isn’t, and how we adapt to move forward.
Clearly, a good education is pivotal to a child’s development and life chances, and at Osmington House we tailor our education package around realistic expectations and targets for each child. This service is as diverse as it needs to be, flexing and evolving with the child’s progress. We seldom use a standard classroom setting – we do not typically find this is effective for children in our care – but instead use creative ways to support children to learn the national curriculum. A good deal of our education is activity-based.
We also set great store by fun and games, and use a wide range of leisure activities to engage children and give them a sense of well-being from taking part.
Staff are committed to building genuine relationships with the children in our care, enabling trust-building and the new experiences that can arise from this, promoting growth, change and new opportunities.
“The child feels at home and is growing in confidence. The staff have given him the time and support he needed to develop some form of trust and share his great sense of humour.”
Social worker, 2017
To discuss availability, please talk to our Placements Team: 0800 389 8708