Stoney House is a large three-storey semi-detached house. The top storey comprises of a large bedroom for one child and a small office. The middle floor comprises of two bedrooms for the children, bathroom, separate WC for staff and visitors, small office, and two staff sleeping-in rooms. The ground floor comprises of a large lounge, equipped with sofas, TV, and music facilities; a large kitchen; dining room; and shower room for staff. There is a garden to the rear of the home. 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. All 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.
Stoney 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 Stoney House is Maria Beckford. Maria has more than 25 years’ experience as a health and social care professional, with a background in nursing, midwifery, children’s home management, and lecturing in social care, including 14 years as a manager. She has been employed as a Registered Manager for Birmingham City Council and in the independent children’s home sector and has also worked as a lecturer for Birmingham Metropolitan College. Maria assumed her management role at Stoney House in October 2015. During her career Maria has amassed an array of relevant qualifications, including the following: ENB General Nursing (1991); ENB Midwifery & Health Visiting (1993); Certificate in Counselling (1995); and the Certificate in Education (University of Wolverhampton, 2010). She is currently completing the Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership, which she is due to complete in November 2015. Maria’s professional background has equipped her with a huge amount of experience as a hands-on health and social care practitioner and as a manager, distinguishing her as a manager with a compassionate understanding of the difficulties faced by children and young people living in children’s homes.
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 when there are three young people in residence.