Health, Care and Welfare
Promoting the health and welfare of young people is a key principle and as such young people are encouraged to access many support mechanisms on offer. This ensures that their care, health, welfare and safety are always maintained to a high standard. Young people are encouraged to share their joys and successes, concerns and grievances, and are provided with many means for doing this.
All young people are allocated a Key Worker who acts as an advocate for them. They manage a small caseload, offer individual support and guidance and report and record progress in a variety of areas. They liaise closely with parents/carers and other professionals (Social Workers/Family Support and the Young Offending Service etc) to achieve the maximum benefits of multi-agency working.
Key Workers alongside teaching staff and therapists to support the whole child. All young people and carers agree an EHCP (All About Me Plan) and a Positive Intervention Support Plan designed to identify specific strategies for addressing areas such as health, communication, leisure and education needs etc. These are reviewed in consultation with young people half termly.
All young people are allocated a Learning Mentor Team which consists of students of a similar age, their Learning Group Teacher, a Learning Support Assistant and several care staff. This ensures that 24 hour 'wrap around care' is provided for all our students.
All young people are registered with a GP, dentist and optician where necessary. This ensures that young people keep up with appointments and receive regular check-ups. Some carers opt to keep their own registered practitioners. Where young people require the attention of any other health service the School Nurse makes the necessary arrangements and liaises with carers and professionals to ensure that all needs are met and that the appropriate course of treatment/support is co-ordinated.
Child Protection is managed by a team led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead who also has a responsibility for managing, delivering and securing training. The school works in harmony with the Local Authority Designated Officer and this ensures that any concerns are quickly and effectively managed.