Kingsbury House is a large two-storey detached house. The top floor comprises of three bedrooms for children; bathroom; and staff sleeping-in room. The ground floor comprises of a large lounge, equipped with sofas, TV, and music facilities; a second lounge that is equipped with TV and various recreational games (e.g. table football); kitchen and dining area; utility area; staff office; and staff shower/WC. There is a long garden to the rear of the home with a garden shed. The home has internet access and cable TV. Some children have been allowed to keep pets at the home (e.g. guinea pigs, hamster, rabbits) depending on individual circumstances. The house is nicely decorated and well-maintained. 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.
Kingsbury 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 manager of Kingsbury House is Gavin Johnson. Gavin began his career in children’s services in 2002 when he began working as a voluntary community youth worker. He has since held various posts in youth services and residential children’s homes, including several years as a Deputy Manager. He assumed his role as Manager at Kingsbury House in early November 2015. During his career Gavin has gained various qualifications relevant to his role, including the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Services: Children and Young People’s Residential Management; NVQ Level 3 in Children and Young People; and the Diploma in Higher Education in Community Work.
In addition to the Registered Manager, there is one Deputy Manager, one Senior Residential Support Worker (SRSW), and nine Residential Support Workers (RSW). There are always at least two members of staff on duty at any time.