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Policies and Compliance

Admissions


The children's home is registered to take young people up to an age of 19 if that is requested by Adult Services. The school is registered as an Independent Residential Special School with Ofsted and approved for children up to the age of 19.
The home provides for 52 week care with term time education. We are able to accommodate children and young people with a greater than 4 year age gap by very careful selection during the admissions process. We advertise our service widely and reflect the diversity of our society in our publicity and promotional materials.

Induction

When a date for admission is agreed an induction programme is created as appropriate to the child or young person’s needs and situation. A child or young person’s guide to the home will be provided. Visits by the child or young person and relevant adults are encouraged and information is exchanged in the form of a pre-admission questionnaire relating to the skills, likes, dislikes and individual characteristics of the child. A Key Worker will be allocated to collate relevant information and help with the organisation of the child or young person’s bedroom and any special requirements they may have on admission. The information gained from the assessment visit and from contact by Our Place’ staff with the child or young person will form the basis for the child or young person’s initial Care Plan within their file.

The right time

Our Place is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children and parents and welcomes all our children's families, friends and significant others in their lives. Places are available in either 48 week or 52 week residency.
In order to maintain family unity, Our Place aims to support families whilst recognising their understanding and knowledge of their children. This includes taking account of family holidays and the wishes of parents in that respect.

Exclusion Policy

Children are placed at Our Place after due consideration of the information presented. This information, taken alongside the school's own assessments, must identify that the school can meet the identified needs of the child or young person both educationally (through the statement) and socially. Exclusion would only be used when personal planning with the placing authority has failed to achieve a constructive transition.

Care and Education Policies


Parental Entitlement


Rights of Access

All parents/ guardians connected with the school have the right of access to all documents specifically relating to their child. Parents also have the right of access to the following documents:

  • The School Curriculum

  • The National Curriculum and associated documentation

  • Any reports published by OFSTED that refer expressly to the school

  • Any Post -16 syllabuses followed by the school

  • The arrangements for following up complaints received by the school

  • The school's policies relating to Sex Education, R.E., Behaviour Management and Physical Interventions

  • Child or young person Protection

Maintaining Contact

Every effort will be made by the school to maintain the parent/child or young person relationship. All parents, Social Workers and carers will be kept up to date with their child or young person’s progress through regular newsletters and reports.

They will be able to maintain contact with their child or young person through a computer and web cam facility in the quiet living room of the house.

They will also receive regular letters home from their child or young person and the Key Worker. We welcome regular letters and photos from parents so that we can keep the children up to date with what is happening at home.

The Key Worker and the Teacher will be available for phone calls at times convenient to both sides, and protected time can be made available for parents to speak to their child.

General and Compliance


Complaints Procedures

Our Place is committed to providing the best care and education for each individual child or young person but should any parent, child, family, member of staff or support service be concerned they will be actively encouraged to share their concern with the appropriate person. Any worries will be promptly addressed.

If your concerns are still not adequately dealt with you will be asked to submit them in writing, these will then be investigated and a full report will be available in five working days. You can contact the home or school via 01886 833378. Should the concern still not have been resolved the Independent Disputes Advisor will be approached and asked to resolve the situation, contact via 01886 833378. However, if this still does not settle the situation you have a right to take your complaint to the registration bodies listed below:

Roger Morgan, Children’s Officer, The National Business Unit, Ofsted, Royal Exchange Buildings, St. Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7LA 0300 123 1231 email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk
DfE, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BT 0870 000 2288 email: info@dcsf.gsi.gov.uk

Insurance

Our Place carries insurance, provided by Markel (UK) Limited, which includes cover for children’s possessions. This cover is in respect of loss or damage caused by fire, flood, theft or malicious damage caused by others. Each child or young person has personal possession cover included in this policy to a total of £2,500.00 the excess will be covered by Our Place. In the event of the behaviour of a child or young person causing repetitive damage to another child or young person’s possessions, the parents or guardians of the child or young person causing the damage will be asked to agree in writing to the individual behaviour plan designed to modify this behaviour or may be liable to pay the excess of the insurance.

Medical Provision

When a child or young person becomes ill or has an accident requiring medical attention the school will immediately contact parents/carers/social workers. Parents/carers are requested to inform the school of any medical attention received by the child or young person on a home visit or any over the counter remedies provided for a resident child or young person such as vitamin tablets.

On admission all the children are registered with a GP. The GP may attend review meetings to discuss any health problems with parents/carers.

The GP’s permission will be sought before staff administer any over the counter medication not prescribed by the GP.

Only trained staff will administer medication. The staff are trained to current NHS administration and recording standards. The administration of medication by injection or anal insertion will only be agreed by an individual care plan where medical advice, support and training are included and agreed to be appropriate by all key people for the child.

All prescription services for the children will be handled by Lygon Pharmacy, Worcester Road, Malvern. The children are registered for general medical services at St. Saviours Surgery, Merick Road, Malvern; dental service at Prospect View, Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, and Troman’s Opticians, Worcester Road, Malvern, services are provided locally or on site.

Our Place contracts the services of a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Nutritionist and Educational Psychologist for any child or young person who needs these services.

Fire Precautions

The home and school buildings are fitted with regulation fire doors approved by the Fire Service. The detection systems are regularly checked and the alarms tested. Fire evacuation drills are carried out on a regular basis in line with legal requirements. All fire evacuations are recorded in the log book. All staff and children receive induction training and instruction in responding to the fire alert.

Use of Cameras and Surveillance Equipment. Our Place believes that the confidentiality and rights of the children should be respected at all times. It is therefore essential for Our Place to ensure that any photographic media is used appropriately.

Governors


David French - Chair of Governors (Director)

Type of appointment

Co-Opted

Responsibility

Chair of Governors

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

5/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

David has enjoyed a long and successful career in business and holds a number of Directorships in Companies in which he has a financial interest. He is invested in two other privately owned special needs schools but has no executive responsibility other than in Our Place Schools Ltd and its associated Companies.


Lena Graham - Governor (Head of Facilities)

Type of appointment

Staff Governor

Responsibility

None

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

5/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

None


Chris Coombs - Governor (Head of Education)

Type of appointment

Staff Governor

Responsibility

None

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

N/A

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

None


Sarah Davies - Governor (Head of care)

Type of appointment

Staff Governor

Responsibility

None

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

4/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

None


Sandra Jones - Governor (Head of Business)

Type of appointment

Staff Governor

Responsibility

None

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

4/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

None


Adam Greaves - Governor

Type of appointment

Co-Opted

Responsibility

None

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

2/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

Adam is a governor at Cradley CE Primary School where he is Head Teacher.


Sarah Rouse - Governor

Type of appointment

Co-Opted

Responsibility

None

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

3/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

2/2

Declaration of Interests

Sarah is a district councillor at MHDC.


Ann Conry - Governor

Type of appointment

Co-Opted

Responsibility

Safeguarding

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

3/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

1/2

Declaration of Interests

Ann is a Magistrate and a Chairman in the Family Court.


Jo Lofting - Governor

Type of appointment

Parent

Responsibility

Safeguarding

2015/2016 attendance at full governors

2/5

2016/2017 attendance at full governors

1/2

Declaration of Interests

None