Springfields was opened in October 1998, is opposite a park, close to the City Centre and the sea front (10 minutes walk). It is also within the catchments of a range of achieving primary and secondary main-stream schools.
The house presents as a spacious and welcoming building on the corner of the street, with a walled front garden and large walled garden to the rear with fruit trees, lawn and patio.
The house has seven single bedrooms of varying sizes to suit the individual needs of the seven young people living at Springfields. There is also a play room, laundry room, conservatory, sleeping-in room and office area for the adults, large lounge, spacious dinning room, modern kitchen, bath and shower-room with mood lighting, a dedicated study area for the children and meetings room for the adults.
What we offer….
Therapeutic Residential Care
- A comfortable & welcoming ‘family-like’ home
- A positive and rewarding care experience where children can make real progress towards achieving their goals
- Psychodynamic Practice
- A Therapeutic Community Approach
- A strong commitment to Safeguarding and protecting the welfare and well-being of the child
- A commitment to providing each child with their own Independent Advocate
- Collaborative working partnership between the child, their placing authority, and The Lioncare Group, that ensures the child remains at the center of all we do.
- Regular Permanency Planning meetings to ensure the child’s Care Plan is realised
Commitment to Education & Life Long Learning
- A positive and rewarding education and learning experience
- Special EBD provision
- A skills based curriculum that defines the core skills we feel will best advantage our children when they move on from us. Curriculum 16 has been designed to acknowledge the unique profiles of the children placed at the Lioncare School, characterised by;
- disrupted early learning experiences
- interrupted formal schooling
- disengagement from formal settings
- distrust of adult and professional input
- continuous high levels of anxiety and emotional arousal due to trauma
- the resultant cognitive, sensory and social impairment.
- Supported reintegration to mainstream school where appropriate
- Supported integration to colleges and further education / training
- Collaborative working partnership between the child, their education authority, and The Lioncare School and/or the College Placement that delivers progress and supports achievement.
- ASDAN courses at all levels.
- New Horizons and Transition Challenge are available in all key stages
- Short Courses are offered as pre-GCSE programmes as appropriate in key stages 3 and 4.
- Functional Skills at Entry Level, Level One and Two are offered via NCFE, either as an alternative to GCSE or as stepping stones toward it.
- A GCSE curriculum is available in English and Mathematics with other subjects on offer where appropriate. The Lioncare School works with partner schools and with the Cambridge Examinations Board to facilitate this.
Preparation for Fostering
- Laying the foundations for sustainable foster placements where this is the permanency plan set out in the child’s Care Plan.
- Working closely with the child’s placing authority and social worker and other professionals through regular Permanency Planning meetings (scheduled for every 2 months) for the purpose of monitoring and promoting progress towards a transition to a sustainable foster placement.
- Assisting and supporting the child, their social worker, and their placing authority in determining the right foster carers able to meet the child’s needs.
Outreach & After-Care Support Package
- Planned & effective support through transitions and beyond.
Statement of Purpose: