Aspire House is a 3 bedroom detached character house, surrounded by woodland located on a small estate area in Huddersfield, Quarmby, Aspire House has a lounge/ dining room, a further communal living room/sensory room on the ground floor,1 kitchen, 2 bathroom. The first floor has a well-equipped large kitchen where children will be assisted to extend their life skills and a lounge/ dining room. The second floor consists of two good sized bedrooms, a bathroom and a staff office/bedroom.
Downstairs on the ground floor there is a further en-suite bedroom and a sensory room for relaxing, arts and crafts and this has been decorated and designed to stimulate the senses. Aspire House benefits from a private driveway with ample parking with surrounding grounds. The home has been refurbished to the highest standards. Outside there is ample garden space to enjoy a range of activities. The garden and house is surrounded by trees and woodlands, allowing privacy and a therapeutic environment for the young people to enjoy.
Triangulation approach to positive outcomes of Care: Education, Care and therapy. Regular triangulation meetings involving the Keyworker, Therapist and a staff member from the educational provision. This allows effective joint up working and sharing best practice.
The home has an allocated therapist that works with the staff team and young people to develop a therapeutic approach to care. The therapist also supports the young people with training in the areas of attachment, mental health, learning disabilities, de-escalation techniques, stress management.
The home works using Positive Behaviour Support as an approach to understand and manage challenging behaviour. Positive behaviour support allows staff to gain understanding of the behaviour of an individual. It is based on an assessment of the social and physical environment in which the behaviour happens, includes the views of the individual and everyone involved, and uses this understanding to develop support that improves the quality of live for the person and others who are involved with them. A person may behave in challenging ways for many reasons, and they must be understood if a suitable alternative is to be found. Understanding the factors that contribute to this behaviour will enable staff to provide good support to that individual, and this is where Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) helps.
The home uses Makaton as a communication approach for young people with communication barriers, delays or who are non-verbal. All the staff receive training in using Makaton.
All the young people are signed up to the AQA Unit Award Scheme. The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) is a unique recording of achievement scheme, rather than a qualification. It offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate each time a short unit of learning is successfully completed.
At Aspire House we aim to provide Outstanding Care for the Young People/ children whom we are supporting through assessing their needs. Completing a needs-based assessment will allow us to best provide the services for each young person to achieve their fullest potential. Formulating a plan best addresses each young person’s needs which will be informed by exploring their life journey.
Liaising with professionals and the family around the child to gain a deeper understanding through:
These measures will help gain an understanding of the child's world, known triggers and de-escalation techniques, behaviour management strategies, likes and dislikes, interests and hobbies. This is especially important for children with Learning disabilities who need consistency and routine to feel safe.
"One size does not fit all". Every young person is different and unique. It is essential that the care, environment and the way Aspire House works with each child/ Young person is individual to their needs, risks and wishes, to allow them to thrive and achieve positive outcomes.
All young people will have a child-centred Positive Behaviour Support plan, Care Plan and Risk Assessment plan and these are shaped by the information gained from the assess stage of the model. Individual care targets are specific to the child and any behaviours of concern. Staff at Aspire House will consult children/young people about their care, risks and plans in a way that they understand and can contribute.
Child/ young person centred, positive behaviours support plans are crucial to providing the care needed for each child/ young person at Aspire House our care practice involves developing positive attachments. Aspire House staff will focus on providing a safe environment for each child/the young person in the home. To provide positive attachments; staff understand the need to be consistent, predicable, and nurturing to allow the young person to settle into a positive routine and to feel safe. Aspire House Staff will work in line with all bespoke plans to effectively manage risk and reduce behaviours of concern. A suitable keyworker per child/young person will also be appointed to further promote strong and meaningful attachment. A therapist is linked to the home, to ensure staff are supported to deliver a therapeutic service and staff training to ensure they can deliver a high-quality level of care.
Aspire House believes in creating a nurturing environment that focuses on continuous development to enable lifelong skills. Ongoing development allows the young people to accrue new life skills, develop their self-awareness, emotional and social development, understanding of emotions, life story work and independence in order to provide them with the essential skills and resilience for adult hood.
The "ABCD" model allows the Aspire House staff to identify areas of development which allows each care plan to be bespoke.