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
Interim Home Manager
The Interim Home Manager at Hillaries House is Shanice Thomas. Shanice initially began working as a Health Care Assistant in 2011 prior to taking up a role as a Residential Support Worker in 2012. She gained RSW experience in various EBD children’s homes settings, progressing to Team Leader. She joined Positive Pathways as a RSW in August 2016 and progressed to the role of Deputy Manager in December 2017 in a 3-bedded EBD home. Between May 2018 and August 2019 Shanice assumed the role of Project Manager in our 4-bedded 16+ supported accommodation service. She then joined the Hillaries House team as Deputy Manager and progressed to Interim Home Manager in October 2019. She is awaiting her fit-person interview with Ofsted. Shanice has the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and is undertaking the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Services.