Home Community

The young person in placed in a house with other recent arrivals. They have their own room and a resident member.

Days 1-2

NEEDS:

  • Meet other YP in house & linked in adults

The young people are welcomed into the house.  Interpreters and technology is used to communicate with them about where they are and all the people they will be meeting.

They are introduced to the other young people living in their home and encouraged to hang out with them in the house, watching TV, for meals etc.

They are also introduced to some staff members, although this is initially kept to a minimum so as to give them some space and not be too overwhelmed.

Weeks 1-2

NEEDS:

  • Link in to activities and get to know more young people
  • Start to learn about other young people’s cultures

The new arrival will begin to meet more of the young people in care as they attend ESOL lessons and join in with other activities such as Sport and Art.

If the safety plan allows, they are encouraged to go out with the others to play football or other sport and generally hang out.

Months 1-4

NEEDS:

  • Learning to live with others from different cultures
  • Having fun and sharing experiences

Through ESOL lessons and sharing at the home, the young person learns more about the cultures of the other young people.  This will include the background of the support worker as well as learning about the cultures of others in the house and lessons.

The young person will attend the weekly social at the main office, where young time for the young people to meet with each other is combined with personal allowance hand outs and opportunities for support workers to catch up with young people.

They will be linked into trips and other activities.  These might include day trips to places such as London, the seaside or the Peak District.

Also there are trips to local events and activities.  All these trips help the young people to bond together.

Semi Independence

NEEDS:

  • Conflict resolution skills and continued support in learning about others’ cultures.

As young people learn to live together, there are inevitably disagreements in the homes.  Support workers work with individuals and groups to learn how to resolve these conflicts.  This process starts to allow the young people to develop conflict resolution skills.

On-going opportunities are available for the young people to link in to group activities, trips and workshops.