Cecil House is a large three-storey semi-detached house. The top storey is devoted to office space and staff-sleeping in rooms. The middle floor comprises of three bedrooms for the children and a bathroom. The ground floor comprises of two rooms used as lounges, equipped with sofas, TV, and music facilities; kitchen/dining area, where staff and children spend time cooking, eating and congregating around the table; utility area; and a bathroom/shower room for staff and visitors. There is a garden to the rear of the home, equipped with a decked patio area with garden table and chairs. The home has internet access and cable TV. Some children have been allowed to keep pets at the home (e.g. cat, hamster) depending on individual circumstances. The house is nicely decorated and well-maintained. All children have their own bedroom and can personalise it to suit their needs, including taking an active role in choosing the décor and colour scheme. Children’s meetings and reviews are usually held in the front lounge.
Cecil House provides residential care to vulnerable children and young people with complex emotional, behavioural, developmental, and mental health difficulties. The home can accommodate a maximum of three children and young people aged from 9 up to the age of 18 years, both male and female. Young people can remain beyond the age of 18 years, but not beyond their 19th birthday, on the condition that there is a Pathway Plan detailing their transition which has been agreed with the relevant Local Authority and that the home complies with the ‘wholly or mainly’ guidelines issued by OFSTED . The low number of residents ensures that each child receives a high level of staff supervision and support to meet individual need.
Management and Staffing
The Registered Manager at Cecil House is Tracy Holden. Tracy has been looking after children and young people with complex needs and challenging behaviour in children’s homes since 2005. She worked at Cecil House for a number of years prior to being approved as Registered Manager by Ofsted in April 2017. She held the positions of Residential Support Worker, Deputy Manager, and Home Manager. Tracy has been awarded the NVQ Level 3 in Children and Young People; the NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People); the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Services; and the NCFE Level 2 certificate in Mental Health Awareness. She is also a Registered First Aider.
In addition to the Registered Manager there is one Deputy Manager, one Senior Residential Support Worker (SRSW), and nine Residential Support Workers (RSW) (including waking nights). There are always at least two members of staff on duty at any time when there are three young people in residence.