Derbyshire provides consistent, good quality care through 12 children's homes across the county. We look to match the young person to the right home and, where possible, keep them close to their community and the school they attend. Our homes provide an environment where young people feel happy to live.
We work continuously to improve the quality of our children's homes, ensuring our young people have every opportunity to thrive and develop. Our work is under-pinned by playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE), trauma informed practice, social pedagogy and person-centred approach to inform practice.
Children and young people coming to live in one of our homes will be given a children and young person's guide to the home. This helps them to settle in and understand what to expect. Parents may be able to visit their child in their residential home or contact may be arranged elsewhere.
Independent reviewing officers make sure that parents are consulted about their children's care regularly. Children are also consulted regularly. Find out how we support children in our care.
All our homes are Ofsted inspected. Eight of our homes were inspected as good or better, with 4 judged as outstanding. We're extremely proud of some of the positive and often heart-warming feedback and comments we receive from inspections of our children's homes.
Feedback from our children's home inspections
The Old Post, October 2019:
"Well-considered placement matching and introductions to the home enable children to settle quickly and to feel safe and secure. They are happy in this home."
Three Gables, October 2019:
"Young people make this place their home. They are making substantial progress and are developing a real sense of self-worth. Staff know the young people very well and have an unconditional positive regard for them."
Solomon, October 2019:
"Young people are happy and like living at this home. They make progress in their education, grow in confidence and resilience, and learn valuable life skills. they like the staff and have trusting relationships with them."
Fairview assurance visit, November 2020:
"Excellent multi-agency engagement takes place in the home. There is clear focus on working collaboratively to support and improve the life chances of young people. Feedback from the police, social workers, independent reviewing officers and education providers is consistently positive."
Glenholme, April 2021:
"Children's emotional and mental health improves over time. This is due to the skill and competence of the staff, who are trained to support children using a therapeutic approach. Staff know each child well and they understand their life experiences. Children become more confident, secure and able to manage their behaviours and emotions as a result of such good staff support."
Our employees also feel well supported and talk very positively about the overall team ethos. The support from their managers and team, excellent communication and clear, up to date, information about the children's needs helps them succeed within their role. Employees also have access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities which enables them to provide the best care for our children.
PACE, trauma informed practice and social pedagogy is well established in our non-disability homes as the underpinning approach to inform practice. Person centred approaches are embedded within the homes for disabled children. Both approaches are consistent with the broader 'stronger families safer children' practice framework.
Our commissioned specialist emotional and wellbeing service for children in care and care leavers and the CAMHS learning disability service provide good consultancy support to the homes. This is recognised as a strength in inspections.
Our residential service works collectively with a range of multi-agency teams, health, education, police and youth offending, and leaving care services. We discuss strategies to provide better outcomes and experiences for our children and young people, including reducing the risk of children going missing.
Good practice in this regard has been noted in our Regulation 44 visits and recent Ofsted inspections.