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 Registered Manager of Kingsbury House is Nathaniel James. In 2009 he began working as a Residential Support Worker in a children’s home for children and young people with complex emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. He was subsequently appointed to a Senior RSW role in the same home before moving to Kingsbury House in September 2015 to take up the role of Deputy Manager. In April 2018 he was successful in being appointed to the role of Home Manager and has subsequently achieved the status of Registered Manager. Nathaniel has the NVQ level 3 Children and Young People and is undertaking the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Services.