Drift House

Drift House specialises in providing a safe and nurturing environment for our children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism and/or learning difficulties. The home will provide a caring environment free from discrimination.

Children and young people will be supported to build resilience and enjoy positive experiences, whilst promoting their independence to develop the life skills required for preparation for adulthood. The support will be specific for the individual needs of our children and young people.

The children and young people will be at the heart of our home.

Drift House has recently been refurbished to a high standard. It has natural boundaries of trees and shrubs with additional fencing in place until planting is established. Drift House is set in ten acres of grounds for children and young people to play and enjoy. The garden is designed to include grassed areas with trees and plants as well as areas to be developed with the children and young people once they move in. There is ample space to develop areas specific to each young person as well as communal space.

In addition, there is a field which is part of the property which can developed to benefit the young people living at Drift House.

  • There are five single occupancy double bedrooms on the first floor. Children and young people will be able to personalise their own rooms. The bedrooms have good quality essential furniture provided.
  • There are two large communal areas on the ground floor.
  • A high spec kitchen where we cook our meals fresh. Children and young people are encouraged to help in the kitchen and can choose snacks or drinks when they wish. There is large dining area where staff and young people can eat meals together in a family environment.
  • There are three bathrooms with showers and baths.
  • There are additional, multi-purpose areas across both floors for activities or spending time with friends and family.
  • Staff have their own sleep-in room on the ground floor.
  • Two offices. The offices are set within the home to enable staff to be able to carry out their duties without impacting on the children and young people.
  • There is a WC for staff and visitors in the home.
  • Good internet and ICT facilities access throughout the home.
  • A wide range of books, games, educational and leisure resources.
  • Ample parking for staff and visitors to the home.

Outcomes

Reunification

Achieve reunification to the family or long-term foster placement as safely and quickly as possible where this is felt to be the most appropriate outcome.

Opportunities

Provide opportunities for each young person to learn, grow and make informed choices about their future, whilst offering an environment in which they can take time to repair and move forward from bad experiences in their life.

Support

Provide a physically and emotionally supportive residential environment within established boundaries.

Respect

Respect and dignity for every individual regardless of their race, gender, cultural background or ability.

Personal Growth

An ethos and atmosphere that is conducive to personal growth, whilst taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of harm to self or others.

Potential

A caring, nurturing and stimulating environment that enables children and young people to reach their potential, building on strengths and celebrating individual achievement.

Safe Environment

A safe environment, free from abuse in its many forms, including bullying and any behaviour that is disrespectful of the individual or groups of individuals or their family or community.

Education

Individual Education packages for each young person, which will both aid the reparative process and will offer them the chance to maximise their future life choices.

Change

A framework of support in which the child or young person can be brought to confront the meaning and significance of their behaviour, thereby opening up the possibility of change.

Partnership

A working partnership with each child or young person in co-operation with other agencies, to provide a continuity and consistency of care that will benefit the child or young person.

Education

The home transports young people to and from its own independent school, Brenkley School (please refer to the website for extensive details about the school).