Hillaries House is a terraced house which has been extended to the rear. The top floor comprises of two bedrooms for children; bathroom; and staff office/sleeping-in room. The ground floor comprises of a large lounge, equipped with sofas, TV, and music facilities; dining room; kitchen; utility area; and staff shower/WC. There is a long garden to the rear of the home equipped with garden furniture. The home has internet access and cable TV. Some children have been allowed to keep small pets at the home (e.g. guinea pigs, hamster) depending on individual circumstances. The house is nicely decorated and well-maintained. Children have their own bedroom and can to 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.
Hillaries 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 two 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 Hillaries House is David Kai. David has a number of qualifications that relate to this area of work, including NVQ’s Level 3 and 4 and HNC/HND in Counseling, in addition to all mandatory training. He is currently completing the level 5 diploma in Leadership and Management Children and Young People’s Services. He is also a fully qualified instructor in PRICE (Protecting Rights in Care Environments) and undertakes training in the management of violence and use of physical management techniques for Positive Pathways. David has more than 16 years’ experience working with children and young people in various settings, including youth clubs, schools, contact centre’s, and children’s homes. Prior to becoming Registered Manager of Hillaries House in 2013 he spent four years working as a Deputy Manager, the last two of these being for Positive Pathways.
In addition to the Registered Manager there is one Deputy Manager, one Senior Residential Support Worker (SRSW), and five Residential Support Workers (RSW). There are always at least two members of staff on duty at any time.